Five great places to enjoy the season on footPublished: November 12, 2015
Check out these five great places in the West Bend area to enjoy the season on foot.
- Lac Lawrann Conservancy – Explore 137 acres of wetlands, hardwood forest, red pine plantation and tall grass prairie. It’s home to over 300 species of plants, 200 species of birds and plenty of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Hike the four miles of trails on your own, or sign up for one of their ongoing classes and events and go with a group.
- Kettle Moraine State Forest (Northern Unit) – Just minutes from West Bend, you’ll find 30,000 acres of unsurpassed beauty to explore. There’s no shortage of trails here, including the Ice Age Trail. They’re pet friendly too. You’ll see all the amazing features the glaciers left behind – kettles, eskers and moraines – as you travel through prairies, hardwood forests and lowland swamps.
- Ice Age National Scenic Trail – You can find 31 miles of this trail running through the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, but you’ll also find five miles of it running through West Bend’s Ridge Run County Park and Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area. It’s named a “scenic trail” for good reason – the views along this route are breathtaking.
- Eisenbahn State Trail – This 25-mile trail begins with five paved miles through the heart of West Bend. Despite its urban location, this part of the trail is still heavily forested so you’ll feel a million miles away. Built on a former railroad corridor, the trail extends north through Kewaskum and Campbellsport, ending in Eden. Its level grade and smooth pathways make it an ideal trail for all abilities.
- West Bend Riverwalk – Take in beautiful scenic vistas of the Milwaukee River on this winding trail. Along the way you’ll encounter unique sculptures from regional and national artists. The Riverwalk connects up with one of the largest parks in West Bend, Regner Park, home to playgrounds, sports fields, a beach and pond.