Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve
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Debi
Nekoosa, WI11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Beautiful park with easy walking trail and gorgeous views of the lake. Would definitely go back if I’m in the area again!
Written September 28, 2023
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Matt M
Waukesha, WI29 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
What an excellent way to spend a couple hours. Breathtaking vistas and well maintained pathways, bridges, and stairs. We can’t wait to come back in a couple weeks as the leaves begin changing colors and dropping. Oh, and best of all…this is FREE
Written September 24, 2023
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SOS T
144 contributions
Apr 2023
Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve is a perfect place to see a beautiful sunrise. We went there yesterday for an early morning hike and we got a front row seat of a very beautiful sight of the sun slowly rising over Lake Michigan on Easter Sunday.
Written April 10, 2023
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Kathy H
Saint Louis, MO274 contributions
Oct 2022
This is definitely worth a visit. the walk along the bluff is beautiful with stairs descending down to the beach. There are lots of small hikes to do and it is well sign posted with nice bathrooms
Written October 29, 2022
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Patrick P
3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
It's a nice little park not too far off the interstate. We made a stop on our way down the coast of Lake Michigan and didn't regret it. Nice place to go for a Walk with some great views.
Written May 19, 2022
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,324 contributions
Sep 2021
I visited Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve in Grafton on a weekday morning in September and was surprised to see the parking lot almost full. I realized why at the end of my 2-hr visit. Within a short walk from the parking lot, are stunning views of Lake Michigan and the high buffs. The Lake Bluff trail is close to the edge of the bluff, and has an almost continuous view of the lake. The north end of the trail has a set of wooden stairs to descend to the beach. The views of the high bluffs from the beach are stunning. There was evidence of recent bluff collapses at a couple of spots on the beach. After walking up the stairs from the beach, I continued on the trail through the gorge which is accessed by a lovely wooden bridge. The Cedar Loop trail was peaceful with scent from the cedar trees. Lots of birds chirping all along in spite of the late season, so I presume this park would be a great place for birding too. The trails are well marked and easy to navigate. Nice rest benches are available at strategic locations. There is a long and beautiful boardwalk over a wetland section of the park. The loop trail is about two miles long, but there are intermediate bypasses to facilitate shorter walks.

In sum, Lion's Den Gorge is a beautiful park with stunning views of Lake Michigan, and with access to a pretty long beach which has high bluffs on one side. Do not miss it if you are in the area. Parking is free and there is no fee to enter the park.
Written September 28, 2021
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HTCWI
Marathon, WI1,026 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This was one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever visited!! The hikes were peaceful the views stunning - something for everyone!! There is a wheel chair accessible trail. Definitely Che k out the marsh walkway and the frogs! There are a lot of stairs to get down to beach area as the cliffs are high - but the views from above are just as incredible!
Written August 18, 2020
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Deb
17 contributions
Aug 2019
Lots of people not a lot of solitude, too many dogs and thier poo. Poison ivy be carefull. I dont go there anymore I feel like I'm hiking in downtown Chicago at rush hour. Used to be really pretty but it has been hiked to death the bluff is falling away the wildflowers are trampled to death and invasive plants are taking the park because the parks department has no clue. Used to be a nature preserve now it's a crowded trampled doggy park. Sad it's been loved to death and poorly managed. If you love crowds and dogs go for it, not my thing.
Written May 29, 2020
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Denae M
257 contributions
May 2020 • Family
What a beautiful place. Majority of this location has easy walking trails with beautiful views. Our two year old walked most of the way by himself. The hardest part of the “hike” is the steps down to the water. Which you wouldn’t necessarily have to do. You could take a stroller or wheelchair through most of and just skip going down to the water. However I highly suggest taking the journey to the water. It’s beautiful. There are also nice benches throughout the trails to take a break if needed.
Written May 25, 2020
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Rodney B
Waukesha, WI1,125 contributions
May 2020 • Family
I went here with my family to hike around a little. When we arrived, cars were parking along both sides of the street all the way to the intersection. We expected the trails to be crazily overcrowded with the hundreds of cars, but overall things were not that busy. The lakeshore is nice and the trails are mostly wide and well kept. Worth a visit especially to hang out on the beach area. It's about 100 steps down to the shoreline but the steps meander with many platforms to stop along the way, so it didn't feel overwhelming coming up.
Written May 3, 2020
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