Lake Geneva Shore Path

Walworth County, Wisconsin

Elevation Gain614ft
Trailhead Elevation870ft
Elevation Min/Max864/899ft
Elevation Start/End870/870ft

Lake Geneva Shore Path

Lake Geneva Shore Path is a hiking and biking trail in Walworth County, Wisconsin. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 870 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 614 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking and a beach. Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy and the Cisco Bay (elevation 863 feet) can be seen along the trail.

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Best Hikes Near Milwaukee (Falcon Guides)
Kevin Revolinski
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"It’s difficult to imagine but this 21-mile lakeshore path along one of southeastern Wisconsin’s most beautiful and touristy lakes remains a public-access trail despite being primarily through the backyards of some rather well-to-do properties. This 7-mile segment shows off some of the best of the homes and, in most places, follows a nicely paved pathway with no shortage of flowers and gardens."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Chicago-4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Ted Villaire
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"It’s easy to see why so many wealthy Chicagoans built their opulent mansions on the shore of Geneva Lake (the lake is called Geneva Lake; the town is called Lake Geneva) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The views from the wooded bluffs along this silvery lake are fantastic. While enjoying the lake and the historic estates on this hike, you’ll encounter flower gardens, carefully landscaped lawns, boathouses, and pleasant little towns. This hike is farther than 60 miles from Chicago, but the breathtaking scenery makes it worthy of inclusion. No bicycles on the trail; dogs must be leashed and picked up after. Hiking in late fall, winter, and early spring will require navigating your way around the many docks that are stacked up in homeowners’ yards."

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The Greene Valley Forest Preserve 4 mile loop has a good variety of wooded areas, open prairie and gently rolling terrain. Whether you enjoy running, bicycling, bird watching, or just a leisurely stroll through nature, this winding, crushed limestone trail can be a pleasant outdoors experience for just about anyone. If you feel like stopping to sit down along the way, it offers some interesting split log benches. There are 2 parking lots adjacent to the 4 mile trail with easy access from Thunderbird Rd and Greene Rd.

Nearby is also 190 ft Greene Valley Hill with its Scenic Overlook. It is the biggest hill you will find in the area. However, if you’re interested in walking up & down its grassy slopes, I don’t have good news. Since it is a former landfill, its side slopes are off limits to the public because of liability issues. The only approved access to the top is the road that goes up there, which is open only on weekends from May thru October.

Trail Information

Walworth County
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No official map, but you can find unofficial alternatives online; USGS Walworth, WI, and Lake Geneva, WI
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