Walk the Hank Tours

The Hank Aaron State Trail goes through areas rich with history, little known facts, and innovative creations. Join Trail Manager, Melissa Cook for a pleasant walk and story sharing in a new location each month.

Register at www.MilwaukeeRecreation.net or call 414-263-8559 for more information.


Through the Central Valley

Thursday, June 21st, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7 PM

You've probably passed this dozens of times, but didn't realize what is not seen and certainly didn't realize what was here before. Let's use the trail to take a closer look at the ponds, their function, and their artistic embellishments. We'll also talk about the history of the Milwaukee Road, one of the largest rail yards of its time, its thousands of dedicated workers, and the project to honor them. We'll end by enjoying the walking paths, riverside trails, and abundance of native plants on this section of the trail. The walk will be co-led by Melissa Cook, Trail Manager of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Michelle Kramer of Menomonee Valley Partners. Class fee is non-refundable.

Location: Park next to Charter Wire on 36th and Milwaukee Road, just west of the 35th St. Viaduct and Canal Street.

$2.00 Residents/$2.00 Non-Residents

In the Footsteps of a Civil War Soldier

Saturday, July 21st, 2018, 9 AM - 10:30 AM

Take a beautiful guided tour of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Milwaukee Soldiers Home Grounds. We will use the Hank Aaron State Trail to walk to and through the nationally recognized Historic Soldier's Home campus, established at the end of the Civil War as a place of healing and respite for soldiers. See up close the great gothic tower now on the Historic Registry! View these tremendous 1800s buildings located right next to the Trail and discover why this is such a special place. We will discuss past uses and current status of existing buildings dating from 1868 on. We will also discuss the significance of Woods National Cemetery. The walk will be led by Melissa Cook, Trail Manager of the Hank Aaron State Trail. Class fee is non-refundable.

Location: Meet at the Trail entrance after parking in the 700 block of S. 56th St., 3 blocks north of National Avenue.

$2.00 Residents/$2.00 Non-Residents

Along Harley and the Loop

Saturday, August 18th, 2018, 9 AM - 10:30 AM

The Harley Davidson Museum is located in one of the City's most interesting venues, jutting out between the Menomonee River and Menomonee Canal. Beautifully landscaped, this loop leads us around to the Sixth Street Bridge and the new loop of the Hank Aaron State Trail that takes us to the City's development focusing on water related businesses. Melissa Cook, Trail Manager of the Hank Aaron State Trail, will lead us in checking out the interesting views along the waterway, the innovative stormwater management bioswales, and the very creative water feature associated with the new development.

Location: Harley Davidson Museum - West Parking Lot (west of Sixth Street) (Ages 5 & up)

$2.00 Residents/$2.00 Non-Residents