Milwaukee walkers are lucky to have easy access to the Lake Michigan shore and our incredible park system. But there are days when dedicated walkers just have to put on their hiking boots and try something a little more challenging.
Fortunately, there are more hiking options than the much-loved Kettle Moraine State Forest in the western suburbs and beyond. The Urban Ecology Center on the East Side is a great place to start reconnecting with the Milwaukee River corridor, which is becoming Milwaukee's Central Park. Once on the trail, it's hard to believe that you're just steps from the heart of the city. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center sits on 185 acres of shore-hugging land off Brown Deer Road, and it's not to be missed in the autumn. The 237-acre Havenwoods State Forest, improbably located on the city's North Side, is as beautiful as it is resilient. To the southwest, the rambling trails in Whitnall Park range from easy to a decent workout.
But before you set off on your quest, you'll need cool gear. Shopping at Laacke & Joys, Sherper's or REI can be as inspiring as your hike.
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