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Walking and Hiking

Explore the great urban outdoors.

Take a walk in Wauwatosa! The village center is a pedestrian-friendly place to take a stroll through restaurants and shopping, and local parks and trails are great for a leisurely trek.

A walking tour is a great way to get your exercise and learn something at the same time. “Walking Wauwatosa” is a self-guided tour of local homes throughout five neighborhoods. If you find yourself getting hungry, take the Village of Wauwatosa tour offered by Milwaukee Food & City Tours to taste your way through the historic village.

Be sure to check out the Historic Districts right next to The Village. These districts contain fine examples of distinct architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Mission, Bungalow and Ranch. Locations: Church Street (just west of The Village, 1448-1630) and Wauwatosa Avenue (just north of The Village).

The Oak Leaf Trail is a 100+mile biker’s, runner’s and walker’s paradise encircling Milwaukee County. The scenery along this spectacular trail network is outstanding and ever-changing. Follow the trail along the Menomonee River through Wauwatosa, going through the natural beauty of Hoyt Park. Let the trail lead you north to Currie Park, or continue west to find where it connects to the Brookfield Greenway Trail.

The Hank Aaron State Trail stretches from the lakefront to Miller Park and beyond. Enjoy a mix of urban settings and natural scenes on this trail which runs west from Lake Shore State Park then along the river and on dedicated trails for more than 6 miles.

The Monarch Trail is a unique walkway that allows visitors to get up close and personal with a rare and beautiful phenomenon: monarch butterfly migration. This trail falls along an important migratory flyway for many birds and for the monarch butterfly in the fall. Monarchs have been known to roost in these grounds by the thousands. The trail allows public access to the roost sites throughout the season and fall migration, but it’s a beautiful scenic walk even when the butterflies are not present.

 

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