Hike of the Week: Wehr Nature Center

Nestled in beautiful Whitnall Park is Milwaukee County’s very own Wehr Nature Center. It’s the perfect destination for a family with young kids looking for easy hiking trails and accessible wildlife watching.


Start at the Visitor Center and drop a donation into the box near the parking lot.

For kid-friendly hikes, walk down the short hill from the Visitor Center. Turn left for the Lake Loop / Waterfall and turn right for Family Friendly Trail. Check out the Trail Map here.

Lake Loop / Waterfall

Follow the path along Mallard Lake and look for frogs and turtles in the clearings. It’s frog mating season right now so you’ll hear them croaking throughout the hike.

Less than a half a mile into your walk, you’ll stumble upon the waterfall into the Root River. It’s a great place to stop for a snack.

If your kids are up for it, you can do the entire loop around the lake (1.5 miles), or just turn around and head back to the Visitor Center. We recommend carrying your non-walkers since the path is not stroller-friendly. test alt text

Waterfall from Mallard Lake into the Root River at Wehr Nature Center

Family Friendly Trail

If you turn right on the path below the Visitor Center you’ll find a stroller-friendly boardwalk. It’s called Family-Friendly Trail and it’s only .5 miles long.

You’ll see beautiful birds and you may spot a wild turkey.

Wehr’s website says, “This trail showcases the diversity of Wehr’s natural communities in a family friendly distance. It begins at the Amphitheater and takes you by Mallard Lake, the Wetland, and the Woodland before returning you to the Visitor Center.  Benches and photo opportunities are frequent as you walk over level to moderately sloping terrain on paths of wood chips and boardwalk.”

Family Friendly Trail at Wehr Nature Center (.5 mile)

Don’t forget

✔️Pack sunscreen, bug spray, water, and snacks.

✔️Check for ticks when you get home. ⠀

After The Hike

✔️Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more kid-friendly hiking ideas.

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