With over 379 acres of land and ten miles of meandering trails, wild Wisconsin is closer than you imagine. Lose yourself in one of the most beautifully restored natural sanctuaries in southeastern Wisconsin. With prairies, woods, ponds, and over one mile of Milwaukee River shoreline, you’ll always have something new to explore at Riveredge.


Our visitor center and nature store are open:

All Weekdays: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays: 9 AM to 4 PM
Sundays: Closed (except for special events and programs)

Our trails, however, are open every day from dawn to dusk! We don’t believe exploration and adventure needs a schedule!

Trail Fees

In order to assure trail quality and maintenance, there is a daily trail fee for non-members.   Members cover this cost and hike/ski year ‘round with their annual membership dues (and get much, much more). The current fees for Non-Members are:

  • Adults: $4.00
  • Children ages 4—13: $2.00
  • Children 3 & Under: Free
  • Family: $12.00

All non-member trail users (hikers, skiers, and snowshoers) should purchase a trail pass at the visitor center or by using our pay envelopes found at the front door to the visitor center and at trailheads.  The passes can be returned within one week for a rebate of up to $12 on the membership price


When hiking at Riveredge. Please remember these few simple rules:

  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
  • Refrain from smoking when in buildings and on grounds.
  • No dogs or other pets are allowed, other then guide dogs.
  • Hiking & snowshoeing is permitted on ski trails, but please be respectful of skiers and walk on the side of tracks to preserve them.
  • The fish have plenty to eat, please refrain from feeding.
  • Please park your bike in the rack provided as bikes damage the trails.
  • Bathroom facilities in the Visitor Center are available only when center is open (see above for hours). Outhouse facilities are also available- see trail map for location.
  • Any activity that requires ground surface excavation must have written permission from the Research and Conservation Director and are only permitted for soil analysis, official archaeology site evaluations, and restorative improvements.