Lion's Den Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews

Lion's Den Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grafton, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
167 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips







wild flowers





Lots to see here. This trail features wooded segments and a path along a gorge overlooking the lake. Access to Lake Michigan is possible and there are a few picnic tables close to the beginning of the hike.

19 days ago

This is probably one of my favorites. Family is from central Illinois found this trail on this website and tried it out! Great trails, beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Well mark trails. The parking lot is easy to access and close to the trail. I highly recommend this trail. Kinda muddy in some spots but it has just rained. Also when it did start down pour raining there was so many trees to that sheltered us from the down pour!

Side note: If you have kids that want to swim in the lake there is a part of the trail that takes you there! Take towels :)

1 month ago

Went here on the recommendation of a fellow dog walking friend and absolutely fell in love the restaurant place. Stunning views of the lake can be see throughout the trail and so beautifully maintained. The great thing is the walk down to the lake where lots of families picnic and enjoy their day. Dogs are definitely welcomed on leash and the best part is that when the wind is coming from the east the lake trail is actually much cooler and for a mountain dog owner who hates any heat this makes a huge difference.

Well maintained

2 months ago

Love this place, hike up top for a gorgeous view of the lake and then take the stairs down and see how close to Port Washington you can go.

2 months ago

We LOVE this 3 mile loop! Beautiful vistas, wood boardwalks through the marsh, bridges, well maintained and labeled trails through the woods (accessible trails marked), stairs down to Lake Michigan and wildlife/flowers everywhere! I hiked this with my 8, 12 and 14 year old girls. They loved it, too! We went on a Thursday afternoon and we passed several hikers, dogs and joggers on trails and beach. Bugs were as you would expect for a June Wisconsin day. Bug spray helped. Parking lot close to well marked trails. Easy to find. Bring a camera - the views are incredible!

2 months ago

Nice easy walk with gorgeous scenery!!

3 months ago

I with multiple aspen stands, mature white birch, a large cedar grove winding to the lake, a truly enormous diversity of plants, I can’t think of another, more interesting spot on the lake. I understand why it’s often crowded.

4 months ago


8 months ago

spectacular views and the stairs to the lake (and back!) provide a good workout

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beautiful views and a huge variety of wildflowers. Trails are very well maintained with mulched paths. We chose not to do the stairs to go down to the lakeshore, but that looks like a good option for next time. Nice, easy hike with the pup on a beautiful day.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beautiful day spent walking, not as difficult as indicated.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

love that all Trails are either soft mulch or gravel. great walking or jogging surface. can actually look at the landscape without having to watch for roots or rocks in the pathways.

Monday, September 04, 2017

It was busy and beautiful trails

Saturday, September 02, 2017

This trail is easy but really beautiful. it's a good place to go with your family and take a relaxing walk. it can get really busy, too because of how scenic it is.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wasn't a bad walk. Came on a Sunday and there were a lot of people, A LOT! Very easy walk with only 1 bathroom location. It was pretty, but not sure I will go back.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Beautifully maintained trails and great views. Enjoyed every moment.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

This a well maintained trail that has a mix of forest, lake view overlooks, bluffs and lakeshore. I great trail that is well marked and easily accessible. Parking seems limited so if going on a weekend you may want to get there early.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This is a beautiful spot to enjoy the outdoors. I plan to enjoy it scenery many more times....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There where some parts where is was a bit overgrown but overall, 4 star trail

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Awesome!!! Loved it!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A hidden gem in Cederburg.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Very nice trail and able to get to the water!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

I will have to say that this is a good walking trail and access to Lake Michigan is possible. It was a bit muddy but negotiable with ease. Great for all ages and level of ability. There are a few picnic tables close to the beginning. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

A little muddy but that's to be expected, we brought our rain boots for just that reason. Our 7 year old had a great time.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Lots to see here. Wooded segments and a path along a gorge overlooking the lake. I went the day after a light snow shower so the preserve was dusted and very serene.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This 73-acre park offers plenty of hiking trails, boardwalks through the wetlands, picnic areas, scenic views, and restrooms. Over 1/2 mile of 90- to 100-foot bluffs look out onto Lake Michigan, offering tremendous viewing opportunities for residents and visitors.Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve is also adjacent to a 44-acre wetland complex Ulao Waterfowl Production Area. Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve represents one of the last stretches of undeveloped bluff land along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
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