The Stunning Seven Bridges Trail in Grant Park

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    Grant Park is one of a string of Milwaukee County parks that dot the shoreline throughout the southern Milwaukee suburbs of St. Francis, Cudahy and South Milwaukee. It is the second-largest park in Milwaukee County, with 381 acres. Best known for its Seven Bridges Trail, Grant Park is also home to the first golf course operated by Milwaukee County, aptly named Grant Park Golf Course. It has been open since 1920 and remains a favorite course for local golfers.

    Grant Park's Seven Bridges Trail, known as one of Milwaukee's haunted hot-spots, in case you're into the supernatural, offers an easy hike through woods and ravines. The best part is that this hike also offers beach access, so don't forget to pack a camera and definitely don't be shy about walking into the water. The trails are not spectacularly marked, however, and despite rejuvenation efforts some areas of the park still have a run-down appearance. Because of this, a walk through the Seven Bridges and adjacent...MORE trails would not be a great idea after dark, but it can still be quite charming during the day.

    Where: South Lake Drive at Park Avenue, South Milwaukee
    Hours: Grant Park closes at 10 p.m. daily

    Covered bridge at entrance to Seven Bridges Trail, Grant Park.

    At the foot of Seven Bridges Trail, you are greeted by the words "Enter this wild wood and view the haunts of nature," a fitting tribute to this natural gem.

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    Covered bridge at start of Seven Bridges Trail

    Upon exiting the trail, hikers read the words "May the God given peace of this leafy solitude rest upon and abide with thee."

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    Bridge at entrance to Seven Bridges Trail

    The long expanse of bridge that takes you into the trail system at Grant Park.

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    Staircase on Seven Bridges Trail

    Seven Bridges trail contains numerous stairways, some concrete, some lannon stone, and some simply made from logs set parallel to the incline.

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    Beach access from Seven Bridges Trail

    A view from the beach in Grant Park, accessed by Seven Bridges Trail, looking north.

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    Beach access at Seven Bridges Trail

    A view at the beach at Grant Park, as accessed from Seven Bridges Trail, looking south.

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    Leafy path in Grant Park

    A wooded path winds its way through Grant Park as part of the Seven Bridges Trail system.

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    Lannon-stone pool on the Seven Bridges Trail

    Hikers on the Seven Bridges Trail will discover remnants of landscaping features long unused, like this Lannon stone pool.

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    Raccoon prints in a creek bed in Grant Park

    Many animals live in Grant Park, and it's easy to spot signs of them everywhere you look.

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    Section of Seven Bridges Trail laid with Lannon stone

    Many of the older features of Grant Park feature Lannon stone, which Civilian Conservation Corps worker used in the 1930's to construct paths and staircases through the park.

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    Wulff overnight lodge in Grant Park

    Frederick C. Wulff, who laid the paths that eventually became Seven Bridges, lived with his family in this building. The structure was remodeled in the mid-1990's and turned into an overnight lodge.

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    Ravine on Seven Bridges Trail

    A view down into the ravine that contains several bridges over meandering streams. The bridges were also rebuilt in the mid-1990's.