Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

With only two months of summer left, you might be looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors before it starts getting cold again. Hiking is a perfect way to appreciate the warm weather, and luckily there are plenty of hiking trails around the Lake Geneva area. Here is a list of some hiking trails that you might want to visit before fall. 

  1. Lake Geneva Trail

This 20.7 mile loop trail circles Geneva Lake and is perfect for all skill levels. Every inch of this hiking trail provides stunning views of the lake while showcasing lakeside restaurants and shops that you can stop at on your hike.

Lake Geneva Trail 

  1. Nordic Trail 

Located in Whitewater, Wisconsin is the Nordic Trail, a loop trail that is 40 minutes from Lake Geneva. This trail is well maintained and allows you to choose from six different paths, all with varying lengths and difficulties. All six paths have one thing in common though, they all provide stunning views of Whitewater’s less traveled area. 

Nordic Trail

  1. Seno Woodland Trail 

This 1.7 mile loop trail is located in Burlington, Wisconsin; a 22 minute drive from Lake Geneva. The Seno Woodland Trail features stunning forestry with an uneven trail, making the hike moderately difficult. 

Seno Woodland Trail 

  1. Kishwauketo Trail 

For the perfect afternoon hike, head over to Williams Bay, Wisconsin for a 4.5 mile hike. Accessible year round, this trail features a lake and a lookout tower. On parts of the trail there are wooden pathways which make this hike even more scenic. 

Kishwauketo Trail

  1. Gander Mountain Loop Trail

Over in Antioch, Illinois is the Gander Mountain Loop Trail, a 1.4 mile experience that immerses you in nature. This trail is a 35 minute drive from Lake Geneva, but is worth the drive. We suggest wearing long pants and sleeves since parts of the trail feature tall grass! 

Gander Mountain Loop Trail

What To Do With Your Last Summer Month in Lake Geneva

Go to a beach!

Our favorite beach in Lake Geneva is the Riviera Beach which is conveniently located between some great local shops and restaurants!

Go on a nature walk

Our favorite walk to do in Lake Geneva is the Geneva Lake Shore Path. Round trip it is a beautiful 21 mile hike, but you can shorten the walk to make it as short or as long as you’d like!

https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/things-to-do/outdoors/shore-path/

Go to a Winery

The Studio Winery in Lake Geneva is a great place to visit over the summer. They have a wide selection of wines and helpful staff who will gladly help you find your perfect bottle. They also feature live music some nights!

https://www.studiowinery.com/

Go on a Shopping Spree

Some of our favorite stores are; Delany Street Mercantile for all your unique gift needs, Gallery 223 for a beautiful piece of art, the Lake Geneva Antique Mall for an interesting antique, and the Cornerstone Shop & Gallery for home décor, accessories, and artisan products!

Gallery 223: https://www.facebook.com/Gallery223GLAF

Lake Geneva Antique Mall: www.visitlakegeneva.com/listing/lake-geneva-antique-mall/980/

Cornerstone Shop & Gallery: https://www.cornerstoneshoppe.com/

Go to an Outdoor Movie

The Riviera Beach features Moonlight Movies on the Beach once a month. August’s movie will be The Princess Bride and will be played on August 7th at dusk (around 9:00 pm)! This event is FREE, but there will be popcorn, candy and refreshments available for purchase at the concession stand.

https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/event/moonlight-movies-on-the-beach/3555/

Go on a Picnic

Visit one of Lake Geneva’s beautiful parks for a fun picnic with family, friends, and/or a significant other! Our favorite parks are Big Foot Beach State Park and Flat Iron Park.

Big Foot Beach State Park: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bigfoot/

Flat Iron Park: https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/listing/flat-iron-park/1641/

Go to a Concert

Lake Geneva hosts a ton of amazing live performances over the summer. Some of our favorites are: Concerts in the Park which is hosted every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Flat Iron Park, live music by Triple D in the Waterfront every Saturday from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am, and Live Music Fridays every Friday at the Grandview Restaurant.

Concerts in the Park: https://www.visitlakegeneva.com/concerts-in-the-park/

The Waterfront: https://www.theabbeyresort.com/lake-geneva-restaurants/the-waterfront/

Grandview Restaurant: https://genevainn.com/dining/