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Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Grafton

(4.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Great place for a walk in the woods combined with gorgeous vistas of Lake Michigan. Take the wooden stairs down to the lake or relax on a bench and enjoy the views of Port Washinton to the north and M...  more »
  • My husband and I found this place after we moved to Wisconsin and we have gone back several times. Be prepared for a lot of walking if you want to reach the stairs on the far north end of the park. On...  more »
  • Peaceful - Beautiful - the different seasons bring new discoveries - love the views of the lake - great place  more »
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  • Very nice Park. Easy hike, mostly flat. Views of the lake are spectacular.
  • Fun to walk with all. Pets are allowed on a leash. Great vistas from the bluffs of Port Washington and Milwaukee.
  • This place was so scenic and well taken care of! The leaves are changing color this week and I plan on going back. Without a doubt the coolest place to hike in the area!
  • What an absolutely stunning location. Beautiful views of the lake and the trails through the woods are peaceful and relaxing.
  • Beautiful! It feels like a whole other place than WI! Loved it and hope to go back soon!