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Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Grafton
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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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  • Daughter and grandkids took us here for a walk on a beautiful Autumn day. Easy walk which was very busy. Very accessible except for the stairs that go down into the gorge and provide access the lake s...  more »
  • Lion's den gorge is a nice walk in the woods along the bluffs on Lake Michigan. The trails are mostly flat and covered with wood chips. There are a few wooden plank trails over wetlands, and some brid...  more »
  • There are trails around the top of the bluff and some fairly steep ones to get to the water. Lot of doing walkers and parking is limited. 
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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!