Friday, September 6, 2019

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve: Forest Bathing and Lake Views in Grafton, Wisconsin

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve: Forest Bathing and Lake Views in Grafton, Wisconsin

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve Offers Spectacular Hiking and Views Near Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve in Grafton, Wisconsin offers spectacular gorge and lake views, the opportunity to admire undeveloped bluffs, meanders through wetlands along boardwalks and sublime forest bathing.


Beginning our journey following the boardwalk  surrounded by trees and wildflowers at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve in Grafton, Wisconsin
Beginning our journey following the boardwalk  surrounded by trees and wildflowers!

We arrived to Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve mid-afternoon and found it quite busy. The popularity of preserve was immediately evident! I recommend trying to arrive early if you can. There did seem to be a decent flow through, so you probably do not have to wait terribly long for a spot if need be. One main loop trail guides you through most of the preserves. Offshoots provide different perspectives.

Soft forest path beckoning exploration at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve in Grafton, Wisconsin.
Soft forest path beckoning exploration.
While researching for our visit to Lion's Den, I immediately keyed in on the gorge and lake views. However, I did not realize how stunning the forested paths will be until we began walking them. Truly incredible! Other segments of the trails take you through wetlands, grassland and prairie.

Looking Into The Gorge:


Peeking at the gorge below through the evergreens at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Wisconsin
Peeking at the gorge below through the evergreens.
Various points allow for scenic views of the gorge. We found nice viewpoints from some of the offshoot trails. I am wondering how the preserve changes throughout the seasons!

A series of stairs descend to the Lake Michigan shoreline at Lion's Den Gorge.
A series of stairs descend to the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Then, we descended stairs down to the Lake Michigan shoreline. The shoreline was pretty narrow but the views magnificent!


Sweeping and Spectacular Views of Lake Michigan:

Sauntering along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve near Milwaukee
Sauntering along the Lake Michigan shoreline!
After a slice of serenity on the beach, we climbed the stairs back up and headed on the trail hugging Lake Michigan. At different points, we could wander a bit off for views of the lake and bluffs. You will definitely want to take advantage of the additional alcoves as well! Each view presents a different perspective.

Undeveloped bluffs yield to the blues of Lake Michigan at Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve near Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Undeveloped bluffs yield to the blues of Lake Michigan.

Each vantage point provided a unique and inspiring view. We did find some visitors finding a spot to sit a little and take it all in. A wider viewing area up on the bluffs provides a picnic spot.

The rough and rugged edges of the bluffs are quite picturesque at Lion's Den Gorge.
The rough and rugged edges of the bluffs are quite picturesque.

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve intrigues with a range of landscapes over a very walkable trail. Dogs are also welcome, so you can bring Fido on your adventure! Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve treated us to a wonderful nature escape with so many magnificent views of Lake Michigan, the gorge, forest and more!

Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve: forest bathing and lake views in Grafton, Wisconsin savoring a great hiking option no too far from Milwaukee, Wisconsin




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