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Geneva Lake Shore Path
Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Lake Geneva
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Owner description: This lovely 21-mile walking path, around Geneva Lake, takes pedestrians by impressive homes and quiet lakeside neighborhoods. A two-mile swath on the West End offers a manageable stroll, lovely views, and passes landmarks such as the Abbey Resort and Fontana Spa and popular local eateries like Chuck's.
Reviewed October 12, 2013

The Lake Geneva Shore path first used by the Potowatomi is incredibly beautiful in itself. The bonus is that it runs next to a sparkling 28 mile spring fed lake! Start in any of the town on Geneva Lake: Lake Geneva (the name of the town, not the lake), Williams Bay, or Fontana. In the towns you can get on and off the path. Once you commit to the path and head toward the private homes and mansions, you will have to walk until another public access road. Once called the "Newport of the West" Geneva Lake was the home of the millionaires who rebuilt Chicago after the Great Fire. The homes are set back from the lake, but still could be a couple of miles from the access road, so no trespassing on the grounds!

It is a great workout! The terrain varies from sidewalks to gravel, dirt paths. Each owner has the responsibility of maintaining the path that goes through their property. It is hard to decide whether to focus on the lake, or the nature of the trails, or the beautiful homes. So, do it in segments, and more than once. You will enjoy every minute! Don't forget to take water.....and a little snack. Of course, there are great restaurants at any of the towns for very reasonable prices! Public bathroom facilities are available in the towns. Maybe your could spend a little money there to help those who provide such a lovely experience for you! Treasure the Beauty!

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

You will never have a walking path like this anywhere. You get to see large mansions, beautiful landscaping, and all while Lake Geneva is on one side of you. We have went in both directions out of town, but like going to the left side for seeing the mansions.

Thank Christine M
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Start your hike in downtown Lake Geneva. The most scenic side is the north side. We hike about 90 minutes each way. You can choose to hike half way around to Fontana or all the way around if you are ambitious. Get a group together and use two cars . Park at one end and drive to the other end and hike back. Lots of options. Whatever you choose the scenery is great.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Ask a local resident where to find the beginning of the Shore Path. We found street parking a short walk from the path. You have to take a beautiful walk about 1/2 a mile along the lake before you reach the "Expect a Miracle" section where inspirational quotes were painted onto the fences. Along the path, you see mansions. You have to walk through private backyards at times; don't feel uneasy; you're allowed to walk there, as long as you obey the rules posted. There are a few benches along the way but there's quite a bit of walking until you reach the benches.

2  Thank Cynthia F
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were able to take a partial walk down this path which completely circles Lake Geneva. It was a lovely morning and we were able to access the walk from our hotel with ease. The terrain can be a bit rough at times, so you should wear comfy shoes. The landscaping and little surprises (fences with painting quotations, quaint ornamental statues, etc.) made the walk so special. It was awesome to see the beauty and grandeur of these gorgeous historic and/or reconstructed homes from this vantage point.

Thank travelingal99
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