I recently discovered a new great place to hike near Milwaukee. Thanks to a local hiking organization, I learned about Harrington Beach State Park by attending one of their group hikes. While I visited in October, the park is open year-round. This Harrington Beach State Park hiking guide is a great resource to help you plan your first visit.
Things to Know Before Visiting
- Daily admission costs $8 per car or is free with an annual vehicle admission sticker.
- The park is usually open all year from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, but you should check here to make sure.
- Belgium is the closest town and is about a 5-minute drive west on Highway D.
- Milwaukee is about a 40-minute drive due south.
- Wear blaze orange if visiting during hunting season.
Hiking at Harrington Beach State Park
There are eight different trails to hike at the park of varying lengths. This makes it a great place to hike near Milwaukee! It is also one of my favorite fall hikes in Wisconsin. All of the trails are very short in length, ranging from 0.25 miles to 0.75 miles, but connect to create a longer hike. As always, double check the trail map before starting your hike.
I hiked the Lakeview trail and Quarry Lake trail during my October visit. The trails are relatively wide and flat, but not paved. They vary greatly in scenery and make great hikes for nature photographers in Wisconsin! Harrington Beach State Park has diverse prairie, woodland, and wetland ecosystems that you can view from the trail. This is also a great place to see fall colors near Milwaukee!
How to Get to Harrington Beach State Park
Harrington Beach State Park is located in northeastern Ozaukee County. Take exit 107 if coming from I-43 and head east on Highway D.
About Women Hiking Wisconsin
I first visited the park for a group hike with an organization called Women Hiking Wisconsin. WHW is an online community for female hikers across Wisconsin, with a presence on Facebook and Instagram. It was created by five young women from the Milwaukee area who wanted to create a hiking community for women in Wisconsin. They also host group hiking events for women across the state!
This was the first group hike I attended with Women Hiking Wisconsin. I also attended their group hike at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. On this particular hike, nearly 50 women showed up to participate! You can follow them on Instagram for Wisconsin hiking inspiration and to be notified when they schedule another group hike.