Trails & Recreation
The West Bend community offers excellent outdoor recreation. Wooded parks and classic trails can be found throughout the area. Whether you’re a biker, hiker or cross-country skier, West Bend has a trail to fit your needs. Visitors will find places to swim, relax and enjoy nature. Here are some of West Bend’s outstanding recreational opportunities.
Eisenbahn State Trail – This level trail runs for 25 miles through the countryside and includes a five-mile paved stretch through the heart of West Bend.
Riverwalk – Running along the Milwaukee River, this winding trail features wonderful waterscapes.
Ice Age Trail – See interesting land formations as you hike along five miles of designated trails running through West Bend’s Ridge Run County Park and Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area.
Ridge Run Park – Located on the west side of West Bend, this park features trails running throughout a landscape of small lakes and hills.
Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area – Go hiking, biking and birdwatching in the park’s native hardwood forests.
Lac Lawrann Conservancy – This 137-acre nature preserve protects wetlands, forests and prairie. In the winter it’s a popular cross-country skiing destination, with 3 miles of trails. Snowshoe trails are also available.
Riveredge Nature Center – This 370-acre property on the Milwaukee River is one of the largest nature centers in southeast Wisconsin.
Northern Unit Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lakes, trails and recreation areas abound in this 30,000-acre forest located just minutes north of West Bend.
Regner Community Park – This jewel of a park features a full range of recreational facilities, including a swimming pond, beach and bathhouse. In the winter, the park opens an ice skating rink and warming house.
Sunburst Winter Sports Park –This fun recreation area offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing. The hill has 214 feet of vertical drop and is open for night skiing.
Little Switzerland – Ski one of the oldest resorts in the Midwest. This classic hill is open for skiing and snowboarding, has 18 runs and a 200-foot vertical drop. Night skiing is available.