The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, founded in 1968, is a 700-acre campus located in the Village of Somers. If walking for pleasure is your favorite activity, the University has many recreational use areas available for Somers residents as well as general public use.  Although not officially a park, Parkside has an abundance of outdoor opportunities ranging from hiking and biking trails, nature trails, and indoor sport activities.


Anna Maria Williams Nature Trail


Anna Maria Williams Nature Trail, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Village of Somers, Kenosha County
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The paved trailhead begins near the Anna Maria Williams Nature Trail sign located near the bus stop on the east side of 30th Avenue (Wood Road) just north of Talent Hall.  Winding through the campus. this self-guided, fairly flat, walking trail is an easy walk and a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful landscape and architecture of the Parkside campus.

The trail is free, no fee required.  However, if you drive to the campus, you are required to park in a designated metered areas shown on the University of Wisconsin Parkside Campus Map.


Academic Trail Bike Path

The “Academic Trail” Bike Path, connects the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Petrifying Springs to the existing Kenosha County Multi-Use Bike Trail.


University of Wisconsin-Parkside Hiking and Biking Trails

See nature at its best on these Parkside hiking and biking trails.  Beginner, moderate, and difficult trails are marked on the sign at the trail heads or you can print the map here and take it with you.  Walk along the Pike River for a relaxing, scenic, meandering trail under the canopy of a natural hardwood forest environment.  The moderate and difficult trails provide an excellent example of the natural hilly glacier-carved terrain as well as exceptional rare examples of ancient maple and oak trees.  The trails are open for use year round.  Do not be surprised to see adventuresome people riding mountain bikes!  These trails are interesting in every season; however, the rainbow of color during the fall season is a spectacular time to visit.  Please note the parking areas on the map link above.

Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course

The Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course has garnered nation wide acclaim for its scenic routes and spectacular friendly layout.  The course is available to Somers residents and general public use except during official University of Wisconsin-Parkside events.  Visitors are required to park in metered areas noted on the location map link below.

Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course 4k map

Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course 5k map

Wayne E. Dannehl Naional Cross Country Course location map