Trails

Wehr contains over five miles of maintained trails which loop through and link the Nature Center’s natural communities: the Woodland, Oak Savanna, Prairie, Wetland , and Lake.  Look for Interpretive exhibit signs that highlight and explain the unique natural history of each of these communities.

The Nature Center trails are open from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. Please help us maintain your nature preserve by following these rules:

1 document compressed Gentian Trail

  • Please stay on designated trails
  • Pets are prohibited
  • Do not collect plants or animals
  • Fishing is not allowed
  • Bicycles and jogging are prohibited on trails
  • There is no alcohol permitted on the Nature Center grounds

Thank you for your respect.

Download and view Trail Map

The hiking trail loops are organized by the type of natural community they pass through and are marked with color coded wooden posts. Unmarked connector trails help to link these loops to each other and to other parts of Whitnall Park.

Lake Loop

1.5 mi
Easy

Follow the shoreline of Mallard Lake to where it flows over a beautiful waterfall into the Root River. This trail leads you through wetland, lowland forest, and along the base of the prairie. It travels over level terrain with boardwalk, wood chipped and gravel trails.

Woodland Trail

1.0 mi
Moderate to Difficult

Take a tour of Wehr’s forests as you hike up and down moraines left behind by the glaciers. You can see maple trees in our Sugarbush, visit 200-year old oaks in our Oak Woodland and hike through an early succession forest. This trail is a favorite of white-tail deer, turkey, and many song birds. Be prepared for some extended, steep slopes with steps on paths covered in woodchips and gravel.

Family Friendly Trail

0.5 mi
Easy

This trail showcases the diversity of Wehr’s natural communities in a family friendly distance. It begins at 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 woodchips and boardwalk.

Red Trail – Grasslands Trail

0.9 mi
Moderate to Difficult

Explore the native grasslands of Wisconsin along this scenic trail. Stop by the interpretative exhibits to learn the difference between an Oak Savanna and a Tall Grass Prairie. This trail features steep, long slopes and mowed grass and gravel paths.

Wetland Trail

0.3 mi
Easy

The Wetland trail will lead you though a variety of wet habitats and showcases the beauty of this valuable ecosystem. Enjoy the view of Mallard Lake from the pier and take a rest on one of several benches. Look for signs of beaver and raccoon, and listen for the many birds and insects that make their home here.  A gently sloped wood chipped trail leads to a raised boardwalk loop.