The North Shore Spur
View a more detailed map of the North Shore Spur here
For this week’s featured segment of the Oak Leaf Trail we head south to the North Shore Spur, which follows a section of the old North Shore Line interurban. (Read about the interesting history of the North Shore Line here.)
When the trail bumps into the Oak Creek, it leaves the interurban line to follow the creek for a while. After riding past Oak Creek East Middle School, the trail goes south along Shepard Ave. to Ryan Rd. From here, head east onto old Ryan Rd. Shortly you will cross the railroad tracks and pick up the trail heading south. You get to go under Ryan Rd. as you proceed down to the county line.
The trail continues west along County Line Rd. to Nicholson, where it goes off-road again. This is a unique trail in Milwaukee County — it goes right through a corn field. Corn on the left and corn on the right. Where am I, Iowa?
The trail ends at Howell Avenue. From Drexel to Howell, the trail is approximately 6 miles long. Hopefully the trail will be extended to the west and connect with the Oak Leaf trail spur at 68th and Ryan Rd.
As summer begins to tail off, there is a lot of good riding ahead, but it becomes more important to make yourself seen as you ride. With the sun lower in the sky in the evening, shadows quickly make you less visible and cars are less visible to you as well. Wear brighter colors, and be sure to put a tail light and headlight on your bicycle.
Ride safe and have fun!