If you are an outdoor cycling enthusiast, then you know the joy of riding on a low-traffic trail far away from the dangerous traffic of an urban center. Ozaukee County, located less than two hours’ drive north of Chicago, boasts some of the best bike trails in Wisconsin and the entire Midwest. Starting from scenic Port Washington, you can access more than 30 miles of bike trails.
Biking along the shores of Lake Michigan offers a tranquil view of the water and the sandy beaches along the coast. During the summer, the lake breezes are especially refreshing. Start from the bandshell at Port Washington Harbor and you can ride along the shore to Harrington Beach State Park for a round trip of about 20 miles.
For a longer adventure, you can bike all the way from Port Washington to Random Lake, a round trip of more than 40 miles. This trail will take you down scenic country roads and quaint small-town streets. Don’t start too early, though—most shops and restaurants in Random Lake don’t open until 11 a.m.
The Ozaukee Interurban Trail
Following the historic railroad routes that connected the county to Milwaukee, the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is paved for more than 30 miles of scenic riding. Most of the trail is away from car traffic, making it perfect for beginning cyclists while still fun for experienced riders. The trail is intended for year-round use, and when it’s too cold and snowy to bike, you can ride cross-country skis here.
The town of Port Washington is the perfect place to start your Wisconsin adventure. For more information about biking, boating, and fishing in the area, as well as lodging and dining, contact Port Washington Tourism at 800-719-4881.