Milwaukee, Wisconsin provides an abundance of fun trails to satisfy all types of riders! From sweet singletrack to paved scenic routes, to windy urban roads, cyclists can experience it all in and around the city of Milwaukee. Keep reading to learn what trails our staffers love and recommend in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area!
Below are some of our favorite trails around Milwaukee – but first we want to introduce you to Ride Spot by People For Bikes. Ride Spot is an App you can download for FREE on your phone that features easy-to-follow local routes with on-screen navigation and/or audible turn-by-turn directions. It’s a great resource to find fun rides in your area, connect with other riders, and even begin logging your favorite rides to share with friends.
We have curated routes from our staff on Ride Spot made for all different ride levels. Simply search for and follow “ERIK’S – MILWAUKEE” to see our local shop-created rides.
Now keep reading to see our top picks for great places to ride in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…
Oak Leaf Trail is a rails-to-trails path making it mostly flat and paved with nearly a quarter of the trail running parallel to beautiful Lake Michigan. The Oak Leaf provides cyclists over 135 miles of scenic trail allowing them to ride as far north as Port Washington and as far south as Racine. The trail runs right behind ERIK’S in Kenilworth so be sure to stop by, say hi, and pick up any supplies you need for your ride on your way out!
The Hank Aaron State Trail is named after one of baseball’s greatest players—Hank Aaron also known as “Hammerin’ Hank”. The 14-mile paved trail connects the diverse neighborhoods of the greater Milwaukee area from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee and Waukesha county line and provides a variety of scenic landscapes to enjoy from urban art to river vistas.
At just under 4 miles long, the Beerline trail is a short and sweet ride that runs along the western side of the Milwaukee River. The name “Beerline” comes from the many old Milwaukee breweries that once existed in the area. Start your ride at Pleasant Street, north of downtown. Then, enjoy pedaling through Gordon Park and the Riverwest neighborhood.
For more ride ideas in the area — don’t forget to download the app Ride Spot and search for and follow “ERIK’S Bike Shop – Milwaukee” to see our rides created by store staff. And when you’re ready to get out there exploring, swing by one of our shops — Kenilworth, Greenfield, Grafton, or Bayshore. We’ll get you set up with everything you need for a safe, comfortable, and fun ride (tag us on your adventures using #EriksBikeBoardSki)!