Trail Segment Closed for Zoo Interchange Construction

Due to the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange, a section of the Hank Aaron State Trail will be close from 94th Place to approximately 123rd Street. A detour route using the Oak Leaf Trail and city streets has been marked.

The closed segment of the Trail goes under many of the structures that will be demolished and reconstructed for new freeway ramps. Because of that major impact, the west end of the Trail will be closed until work is completed on all portions of the Zoo Interchange that go over the Trail. The estimate is that it will be closed until 2018.

There will be lots of equipment on this section, but the good news is that the DOT will re-grade and asphalt the Trail when work is completed. They will also construct a ramp that will go up to Hwy 100, so that trail users can go from the Trail to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Trail segments east of 94th Place should not be impacted by this project.

If you have specific questions, please call Trail Manager, Melissa Cook at 414-263-8559 or check out the map:

For more information, you can check the DOT's website at: http://projects.511wi.gov/web/zoo-interchange-project/commuter

Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail

Hank Aaron State Trail maps are available! Download the map here.

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining the Hank Aaron State Trail. The creation of the Hank Aaron State Trail along the Menomonee River and through a former industrial valley contributes countless opportunities for recreation and fitness, improvements to the environment, economic growth, and overall quality of urban life.

The Trail is ideal for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and skaters, and currently provides a 12-mile continuous connection via dedicated trails and marked streets between the lakefront and Milwaukee's west end.  The Trail starts at Lakeshore State Park near the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds, winds its way through the Historic Third Ward and Menomonee River Valley, past Miller Park, and then points west by accessing the new bridge at 37th St. The Trail links to Milwaukee County's 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail at both its east and west end, making it possible to bike from Lake Michigan, along several trails across the state, and eventually link to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Glacial Drumlin State Trail, and Military Ridge State Trail.

The Western extension features a new bike/pedestrian bridge over Hawley Road, redecked bridges, and asphalt pavement. When work is completed on the Zoo Interchange, the remaining off-road section of the Trail west of 94th Place will be completed and paved out to Underwood Creek and the connection to the Oak Leaf Trail. (Please note that a detour route exists for the section west of 94th Place.)

A new one-mile extension of the Trail opened in the new Three Bridges Park in the summer of 2013. This segment offers undulating terrain, great views of Milwaukee's downtown, and access to the Menomonee River. Entry points to the Trail are at the three bridges located at the Valley Passage at 37th and Canal Street, 33rd Court located just east of Palermo's Pizza, and behind the Mitchell Park Domes.

Some points of interest along and adjacent to the Trail include Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakeshore State Park, Summerfest & Ethnic Festivals, Historic Third Ward, Historic Walkers Point, Harley-Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Casino, Marquette Playing Fields, Mitchell Park Domes, Miller Park, Menomonee Valley Stormwater Park, Soldiers Home Historic District, State Fair Park, Petit Ice Center, and the restorative peace of the Menomonee River.

The Hank Aaron State Trail Will Take You There!

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail continues to be an advocate of the Trail, working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local communities, organizations, and businesses, to bring the Trail to reality. From our annual Spring River Clean-Up and Planting, to the Hank Aaron State Trail 5k Run/Walk, to our hikes through history, the Friends helps people enjoy and appreciate all that the Hank Aaron State Trail has to offer.

We invite you to learn more about the Trail and our organization, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hank Aaron State Trail.

Become a Friend of the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail

Joining the Friends offers an opportunity to play an important role in bringing the Trail to its full potential. It provides a great forum for discussion and support of the Trail, and friends also receive newsletters and advance notification of special events. In addition, the Friends offer Bike Safety Camps to kids in the adjacent neighborhoods, pay for printing of HAST maps, and restore and install the classic copper shelters as rest and "information stations" along the trail.