Oak Leaf Trail

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The Oak Leaf Trail is one of Milwaukee’s most beloved natural features, and we’re so happy to share that there are access points to the trail right here in our very own neighborhood. It has long been a favorite attraction for guests of Kinn Guesthouse and catches the attention of new and returning Milwaukee visitors, time and time again.

About Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail

This trail, which is part of Milwaukee County’s expansive trail system, goes on for more than 120 miles, winding throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. A large portion of that runs along the shores of Lake Michigan, as well, which makes this a prime opportunity for sight-seers and shutterflies.

For lovers of local flora and fauna, the Oak Leaf Trail offers you the chance to be among a variety of Wisconsin’s natural inhabitants – birds, especially. The trail is also the perfect setting for watching the leaves change in autumn or catching a colorful Midwest sunset.

Because the surface is mostly smooth asphalt, it’s an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. So, bring your skates, bicycles, and running shoes.

Notable Stops on The Oak Leaf Trail

The Milwaukee Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the country. Its collection, which features over 25,000 pieces of art, is sure to delight casual browsers and art aficionados alike. All exhibits are included in the price of admission, and no matter what time of year you visit, you can be sure that there will be a class, event, or program to attend.

David F. Schulz Aquatic Center

The David F. Schulz Aquatic Center is located on the Milwaukee River Line section of The Oak Leaf Trail. Open only in during the summer months, this indoor water park features swimming, diving, tube and body water slides, a lazy river, and a snack bar.

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

The Whitnall Park Beer Garden is open every weekend in the fall from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. It features 24 craft beer tap handles with a rotating selection of local and regional brews. Afterward, grab a bite to eat at the Gift of Wings Grill.

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Named for the original designer, Alfred Boerner, Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Gardens are located in the Oak Leaf Trail’s Whitnall Loop. The gardens are maintained by professional horticulturists from our area and are open every year from late April until early November.

Wehr Nature Center

The Wehr Nature Center is a 220-acre nature preserve and education center, which is open to everyone year-round. The center features natural history displays, active aquaponics, and large indoor beehive. Within the center, you will also find the Marilyn J. Gardner Room, which is often used for both public and private events.

The Ghost Train

Milwaukee’s Ghost Train is an annual tradition that happens each year on October 31. This festive celebration includes a children’s costume contest, ghost stories, free refreshments, and more.

Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer a glimpse into our local art and culture, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy along Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail. As a guest of Kinn Guesthouse, you’ll not only enjoy easy access to this trail, but you’ll also find several other things to do, taste, and experience within walking distance of our hotel.

Learn more about our neighborhood and suggested stops on your Milwaukee vacation itinerary.