Fall is the perfect time to appreciate our Waukesha Pewaukee area parks to hike, run or bike. Whether you are looking for urban or natural routes, there are many options for you to consider. Lace up your shoes or grab your bike and head outside! All of the parks below, except for the Fox River Trail, have an entrance fee listed on web links to each park location.
Fox River Trail
Starts at Frame Park, Waukesha
The city of Waukesha boasts the Fox River Trail, a six-mile path that runs through the City of Waukesha along the Fox River. The trail starts in Frame Park, just south of Hwy 18 and continues south to CTH H in the Fox River Park.
Close by: Be sure to visit Downtown Waukesha to shop, eat and stroll. You’ll be surprised at all the eclectic wonders you’ll find there.
Fox River Park
W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha
The Fox River Park Trail offers 2.25 miles of paved trails and 4.3 miles of wooded paths. The paved Fox River Park Trail connects with the Fox River Trail in the city of Waukesha.
Close by: If you visit Fox River Park on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy wine, be sure to check out Piper Porch Winery, just a short drive from Fox River Park.
Glacial Drumlin State Trail
Park at E.B. Schurts Building at 810 W. College Ave., Waukesha
The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a 52-mile trail through glacial landscapes between Waukesha and Cottage Grove. The paved trailhead starts in Waukesha with 13 miles great for biking, walking, and running and leads you to Dousman where the trail turns to crushed gravel.
Close by: There are many charming spots to stop along the way.
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit
W329 N846 County Road D, Delafield
The Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak has more than 17 miles of loop trails in the forest that vary in difficulty. Several trails are shared with mountain bikers and horseback riders. About four miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail travels through Lapham Peak in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Close by: Downtown Delafield (off of Hwy C)
Lake Country Trail
Park off of Hwy T or in the Golf Road Park & Ride
The Lake Country Trail is located on the former Milwaukee/Watertown Interurban Railway and is a 15-mile recreation trail that you can pick up off of I-94 at Meadowbrook Road/Hwy G west of Golf Road. The trail features rolling terrain and scenic views of Pewaukee Lake, Naga-Waukee Park & War Memorial Golf Course, Lake Nagawicka, the historic city of Delafield, the Upper and Lower Nemahbin Lakes and Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc.
Close by: So many great places along Pewaukee Lake! Take CTH G into Pewaukee or CTH SS to find quite a few dining options along Pewaukee Lake with much more to explore in Delafield and Oconomowoc.
Close by: Minooka Park is located off of Sunset Drive, which offers many restaurant options such as Pat’s Ribs Place, Matteo’s and Michael’s Italian Restaurant. Have some shopping to do? Stop in at Meijer, Kohl’s Off-Aisle and Rogan’s Shoes. Drive 10 minutes and you’ll have many more options at The Shoppes at Fox River.
651 Hwy 83, Hartland
Naga-Waukee Park is a 206-acre park featuring an 18-hole golf course and two boat launches with access and views of Nagawicka and Pewaukee Lakes. This park offers trails that connect to the Lake Country Trail and Ice Age Trail.
Close by: There are many options for dining and shopping along Hwy 83 in Delafield.
Retzer Nature Center
S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha
Retzer Nature Center offers an environmental learning center and planetarium as well as 2.6 miles of hiking trails with prairie, forest and wildlife viewing areas. There is also a handicap accessible paved path.
Close by: Drive down Madison Street into downtown Waukesha for many options for shopping and dining.
Simmons Woods Park
889 Cecilia Dr., Pewaukee
If you are looking for a quick hiking spot, Simmons Woods Park in Pewaukee is a great place for a mile hike. The park is right off of Capital Drive and includes an 800-foot boardwalk and Pewaukee River views.
Close by: Follow Capital Drive west to explore the quaint Pewaukee Lake area with quite a few local stores and restaurants, or go east on Capital Drive for a variety of national stores and restaurants.
4 More Waukesha County Parks
There are four additional parks in Waukesha County we did not mention but are worth checking out if you are venturing out toward Nashotah, Mukwonago or Menomonee Falls.