Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Waterfalls

Tis the season to sit inside and watch too much TV...oh wait...no!  This is the time to get out and enjoy nature in its beautiful frozen state!  Well, if you're looking for an excuse to get outside and see something beautiful, I've got a few suggestions for you.
Milwaukee has some very pretty waterfalls in the parks and they are starting to freeze over.  We're bound to get some more snow tonight, so maybe they'll look a little different this weekend, but this is what they were like today.  Most still had some water running.  All are easy to access. You might want to wear some sturdy boots that can stand the snow.  If you plan to go down to the water level, it helps to have a walking stick or some yaktrax because some of the surrounding areas were a little slippery.  There are trails in all of these parks that were walkable.  The parks do a pretty good job of cleaning the paved trails.  I followed the unpaved trails that ran along the waterways and in most cases saw plenty of deer, rabbit, and squirrel tracks.  There were also cardinals, doves, and sparrows.  For detailed directions and maps to the parks listed below, go to Milwaukee County Parks .  You can enter the park name and find what you need.  This may be just what you need to get you motivated after another plate of cookies.
At Greenfield Park- look for a small bridge in the road near the pond and this is on one side

Whitnall Park- park at the golf course smaller lot on the hill and walk down to the pond

At Oak Creek Parkway and Mill Road near Grant Park

Lake Park near the golf course in the wooded area

Kletzsch Park right off the road that goes through the park

Estabrook Park below the biergarten