Summer is the perfect time of year to get out and explore Milwaukee trails for walking and hiking. If you are in Milwaukee visiting a loved one at one of our senior living communities, consider going for a walk or hike. Staying active can help seniors improve relationships, improve memory, and reduce the risk of depression.
Check out our list of nearby trails perfect for hiking with seniors.
Hiking for Seniors in the Milwaukee Area
When hiking with seniors, go out in the morning or evening to avoid extreme heat or humidity. If a mid-day hike is your best option, find a trail surrounded by trees offering plenty of shade. Bring water and wear light, breathable clothing to stay cool and comfortable.
The list below features our residents’ favorite hiking and walking trails around Milwaukee:
- Ice Age Trail – Holy Hill Segment (6.8 mi.): Good for all skill levels, the Ice Age Trail – Holy Hill Segment is a point-to-point, dog-friendly trail near Hartford, WI. Best used between April and October, this trail cuts a winding path through a hilly terrain. Enjoy outdoor activities like birding, panoramic views and beautiful wildflowers on this wooded trail.
- Lac Lawrann Conservancy (4 mi.): Located in West Bend, WI, this nature preserve entertains the entire family. Six hiking trails take visitors through woodlands, wetlands, ponds or prairies. The Conservancy houses 300 species of plants, 200 species of birds, and three different types of animals.
- Havenwoods Trail (9.3 mi.): Within Havenwoods State Forest, the Havenwoods Trail features grasslands, woods, wetlands, and educational gardens perfect for leisurely walking and hiking. Open year-round, the trail hosts visitors for outdoor activities like hiking, birding, biking and cross-country skiing.
- Oak Leaf River Trail (19.1 mi.): Choose your distance on this out-and-back hiking, biking and walking trail in Milwaukee. Located in Henry W. Maier Festival Park, take a hike on this family- and dog-friendly trail around the Oak Leaf River.
- Lake Geneva Shore Path (26 mi.): Marvel at historic estates and manicured lawns while walking along beautiful Lake Geneva. Mature trees and lake breezes keep you and your loved ones comfortable even on a hot, summer day.
Accessible Walking Trails in Milwaukee
Are you planning a walk or hike with a loved one in a wheelchair or with limited mobility? Look for paved trails and recreational parks with handicapped accessibility. Check out our list of wheelchair accessible trails near Milwaukee New Perspective Senior Living facilities:
- Brookfield: New Berlin Recreation Trail (7 mi.)
- North Shore: Ozaukee Interurban Trail (30.1 mi.)
- West Bend: Eisenbahn State Trail (25 mil.)
We hope you enjoy your stay in the Milwaukee area. Reach out to the staff at your New Perspective Senior Living location with questions while you’re here.
Today, New Perspective Senior Living operates 21 senior living communities serving over 2,000 seniors through Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care options, with a goal to be serving 10,000 seniors by 2025. Based in Eden Prairie, Minn., the company has won multiple awards including Top Assisted Living Facility, Best-of-the-Best Dining Experience and Top Workplaces. In addition, Todd Novaczyk, was recently profiled in the Senior Housing News, The Leadership Series, while Ryan Novaczyk was just named to 50 for the Next 50 by Leading Age of Minnesota