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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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Milwaukee Urban Water Trail

East Bank Trail: This 0.75-mile urban trail features local artwork and has provided a new way to enjoy the Milwaukee River, offering ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, and kayaking. The trail runs along the east bank of the Milwaukee River and connects two Milwaukee County Parks, Riverside Park and Caesar Park. Easements were obtained from a couple of landowners located between the County properties. Trailhead sculptures were created by a local artist at each end of the trail (designated 2007).


Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail Stretching diagonally across Wisconsin for 280 miles from Green Bay in the northeast, through the city of Portage, and on to the convergence of the Wisconsin with the Mississippi River in the southwest, this water trail traverses 15 counties and more than 40 municipalities. Significant as the exploration route of Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, the trail celebrates how the Lower Fox, Upper Fox, and Lower Wisconsin Rivers have shaped the State’s journey through significant historical events, industrial breakthroughs, cultural advances, enjoyment of recreational riches, and environmental recovery (designated 2013).


Jacobus Park Nature Trail: This .9-mile hiking and biking loop trail takes visitors through a woodland island in Metropolitan Milwaukee and provides a unique natural outdoor classroom for area school children (designated 2006).


Kohl Park Hiking Trail — The Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps constructed this 2-mile long trail. Partnerships with local scout troops have improved the trail. Local residents volunteer to keep it litter free. It connects people to green space in densely populated Milwaukee County (designated 2009).


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Seven Bridges Trail in Grant Park, Milwaukee County

Milwaukee Urban Water Trail provides access to the river and boating activities to the 1.5 million people in the Greater Milwaukee Metropolitan Area. The water trail is rich in its complexity, encompassing three rivers and a Lake Michigan estuary (designated 2006).


Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail - paddling trail on the Minnesota border in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (designated 2012).


Seven Bridges Trail — This 2-mile nature trail is a focal point of Grant Park, one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County. This unique trail contains a series of bridges and walkways routed through a set of ravines that bisect the park, exemplifying the grand vision of the early 20th century Milwaukee County Park Commission to provide a well designed natural oasis amid the expansion of the city. The park hosts a wide variety of native flora, such as yellow birch trees and trout lilies, as well as many migratory birds. In addition to its natural resources, the trail offers access to Lake Michigan and allows for recreational activities such as hiking, wildlife observation, and photography (designated 2005).


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