Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Grafton

4.8
#16 of 30 in Wildlife in Wisconsin
Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve is a 73-acre public park located in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, running adjacent to Lake Michigan for 0.7 miles near the village of Grafton and city of Port Washington. It was purchased by the county in 2002 from a private property owner and borders a 44-acre United States Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl production area. It features over 1.5 miles of gravel and boardwalk trails through white cedar and hardwood forests, wetlands, and Lion's Den Gorge, with some sections of trails offering views of Lake Michigan from atop the nearly 100 foot tall bluffs. Following the "Lion's Den Trail" from the main parking lot takes one all the way through the park, down through the gorge, and finally to the lakeshore. Fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking are popular activities in the park, and the park contains several diverse habitats for native wildflowers, trees, migratory birds, waterfowl, amphibians and mammals.Photo gallery
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  • What a beautiful, county park. The trails offer options for lots of elevation or a more sedate walk. There is also a handicapped path. The views of the lake were wonderful and the trees were in fall s...  more »
  • Visited for the first time with my sister and her kids. The kids loved exploring all the trails and sifting through the rocks on the beach. I liked the stairs/path down the beach. We arrived by 10am o...  more »
  • Nice well marked walking trails that provide beautiful bluff lake views at several spots. It took us about an hour to walk around the trail, stopping a couple times for photos. We did not venture down...  more »
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  • Like Schlitz Audubon Society without the fee. But, parking may be challenging on busy days (The only reason for losing a star.). Otherwise, a lovely bucolic destination to visit. For those wanting quicker access to Lake Michigan views and ample parking head to Concordia Cliffs in Mequon at Concordia University. Take the steps down if you have time.
  • One of my favorite local hikes. The wheelchair accessible path is always well maintained. The walk up and down the stairs to the lake is 100 steps, we counted. Don't try those stairs in freezing temps though!
  • Nice variety of trails and walking paths. Saw lots of birds. Appeared someone was having a wedding there. Cool stairway down to the lake. Only downside is limited parking on just nice days.
  • I drive an hour to come here. I have yet to not find parking. Absolutely phenomenal variety of hiking from the bluffs, wooded area, beach and marsh. I'd like to mention it's free and also wheelchair accessible..important to me so I can go with my special needs son. Will be back as often as I can!
  • Beautiful scenery and hiking trails. Dogs welcome. Benches and picnic areas scattered throughout. Hiking trail leads to the beach.

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