Hike, Ski or Snowshoe :: Riveredge Nature Center

Hike, Ski or Snowshoe at Riveredge Nature Center

Visitors to the Inn frequently share with us that they’re here to relax. The quaint shops and restaurants in limestone and cream city brick lining Washington Avenue are a far cry from the hustle and bustle of city living, and wandering from gallery to specialty store to museum, and pausing for a bite to eat or a steaming cup of latte, offers a welcome break from most people’s normal daily routines. But for those guests who enjoy spending time outdoors, we often suggest they check out Riveredge Nature Center, which is about 20 minutes north of Cedarburg and an easy drive.

Cedarburg Nature Center
Nearly 50 years ago, Riveredge was established when 25 women belonging to the Whitefish Bay Garden Club dreamed of creating a nature center where school children could study and learn about the environment in a natural setting. That dream became a reality when 72 “wild” acres along the Milwaukee River near Newburg were purchased, and Andy Larsen, a professional naturalist, was hired to oversee the center and develop educational programs that would inspire the imagination of curious youngsters.
However, children are not the only ones to enjoy this wonderful resource … the sanctuary is open to everyone. Over subsequent years, more land has been added, and today the nature center boasts 379 acres alive with prairie plants and wildlife, plus a stunning education/visitor building. Ten miles of trails crossing creeks and prairies, meandering through forests and alongside the Milwaukee River, offer even the most energetic of visitors a chance to work off a bit of excess energy. And during winter months, more than half of the trails are groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, with skis and snowshoes available for rent. Be sure to book your stay at the Washington House Inn when you plan your adventures!