The Powerline Trail
about THE TRAIL
A Powerful Connection
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Their Route of the Badger project offers a vision of expanding the regional trail system in southeastern Wisconsin that provides opportunities for physical activity, tourism, and connections to nature, recreation and businesses along the route. An enthusiastic group of local people, businesses and organizations is coming together to make the dream a reality.
The Powerline Trail is the first section of the Route of the Badger to be constructed. It is a major new east-west shared-use path that provides significant recreation and transportation opportunity to the public. The trail allows users to walk, run and bike for exercise and transportation, and connects them to places they want to go, including homes, businesses, workplaces, parks and the existing Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail system.
The first phase of the new shared-use path begins with a connection to the established Oak Leaf Trail at 105th and Cold Spring Road, and extends east within the WE Energies power line corridor to 60th Street. The corridor is located between Howard Avenue and Cold Spring Road in Greenfield and extends east, ultimately all the way to Lake Michigan.
"By linking open spaces we can achieve a whole that is better than the sum of the parts."
— WILLIAM WHYTE