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Description - Havenwoods State Forest encompasses 237 acres surrounded by the urban city of Milwaukee. Having once been the site of a farm, a city landfill, a corrections facility, and an Army missile site, the healing land includes 40,000 tree plantings, wildflower plantings, prairie restoration, pond site, and several miles of nature trail. An environmental education center has been constructed providing outdoor awareness programs for the greater Milwaukee region.

Attractions - Located in the midst of Milwaukee, Havenwoods State Forest provides an oasis of natural green space. The Department of Natural Resources obtained the land in the late 1970s restoring the tract to a natural habitat while providing essential environmental education programs and multi-use trails for educators, youth groups, families and adults. The Environmental Awareness Center features several meeting and classrooms, a resource library and an auditorium. Visitors will see live tanks housed with native aquatic life, a natural history exhibit for children, and a small gift and bookshop area. Programs are held on a regular basis; call the Forest office for details.

Nearly seven miles of trails explore restored communities including a self-guided nature trail that has an accompanying brochure. Bikers can explore 2.3 miles of paved and limestone pathway while cross-country skiers use 2.5 miles of trail during winter.

A variety of gardens exist at the Havenwoods State Forest including a children's garden, organic garden, herb garden, and ethnic garden.

Recreation - Visitors of all ages can enjoy indoor and outdoor environmental education programs, hiking trails, biking paths, and cross-country ski trails. Picnicking opportunities are limited.

Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Havenwoods State Forest is located in the midst of Milwaukee west of Glendale.

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Not a very challenging hike, but a nice little walkabout. Mostly easy grades and fairly flat, a nice little getaway tucked in the city. You'll have no idea you're spitting distance from busy city streets. Once into the property, I saw whitetail deer and hawks. A dog-walker told me he regularly sees foxes. This was winter (Feb.) so the landscape was covered in snow, and the silhouettes of the trees and plants was just beautiful. If you don't have time to get out of the city, get INTO it @ the State Forest IN the city. The center lends out snowshoes!

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Contact Information:
Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins , Milwaukee, WI, 53209, Phone: 414-527-0232, Fax: 414-527-0761

Additional Information:
Southeast Wisconsin - Nestled among the dense population of Southeast Wisconsin are a dozen state parks, two fabulously wildlife-rich national refuges, vast state forestlands, and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails.
Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas & Trails - Wisconsin showcases 86 state park system properties offering visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, swim, fish, and simply relax.

Friends of Havenwoods State Forest - Friends of Havenwoods State Forest
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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