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Geneva Lake Shore Path: Hidden Gems & History

Photo Credit: Visit Lake Geneva

Home to over 21 miles of path that meanders along the entire shoreline of Geneva Lake and through the surrounding wooded landscapes, Lake Geneva is certainly at the top of the list to visit. Come and uncover one of its most beautiful attractions–the Geneva Lake Shore Path–that holds scattered hidden gems and untold history from centuries ago. Join us on this unforgettable journey discovering the Geneva Lake Shore Path.

Hidden Gems

Photo Credit: Visit Lake Geneva

Between the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake on one side and astonishing estates on the other, the Geneva Lake Shore Path is quite an impressive gem in itself. 

On top of its natural beauty and design, property owners go a step further to make it an even more magical place to visit. They not only grant access for all to pass by and admire their homes, but also add unique features greeting visitors with a warm welcome and invitation to come back and explore more.

Since it is over 21 miles, it’s best to break the path into segments and take it piece by piece. Speaking of peace, that leads us to the next hidden gem–The Miracle Path. The Miracle Path is a designated place of peace and inspiration lined with various art and motivational quotes. In addition, guests are welcome to sign a guest book and share a miracle, request, or a simple thank you.

Be sure to keep an eye out as you continue to venture along the Shore Path. You never know what you may find! Tucked away, you’ll trek past the Magic Mailbox as well as lavish landscaping like you’ve never seen before. 


Photo Credit: Visit Lake Geneva

While the Geneva Lake Shore Path most definitely shows off Lake Geneva’s stunning beauty today, it also remains an integral part of the area’s past history. The Path allows access to learn about Lake Geneva’s roots and see the history first-hand. 

Dating back to its origins, the Shore Path was created by Native Americans and used by the Potawatomi tribe that settled here centuries ago. What was once used for means of travel and hunting was drastically transformed by the year of 1871 when the historical buildings we see today first broke ground. But one thing remained since then, the Shore Path has always been protected and reserved for everyone to use.

1871 was the year of two monumental events that would forever change Lake Geneva. For one, in the year 1871, the railroad extended service to Lake Geneva. And two, it was the same year of the Great Chicago Fire where many had nothing left–except a life-changing opportunity to rebuild in Lake Geneva.

Today, we can see these giant estates in a journey along the Geneva Lake Shore Path. You’ll see the spectacular Black Toft Mansion, Wrigley Estates, Casa Del Sueno, Stone Manor, Dreihaus, Flowerside Inn, House in the Woods, Alta Vista, Black Point Estate, and Glen Annie. Each has its own story, style and sweeping features that will leave you speechless. Grab your map here.

Geneva Lake Shore Path is more than what meets the eye. From finding hidden treasures and discovering the historic tales along the way, there’s no doubt you’ll marvel at Lake Geneva. This year, make the journey and uncover the secret spots and stories from centuries ago that the Geneva Lake Shore Path still holds to this day.

Want to learn more about the Geneva Shore Path? Watch Discover Wisconsin’s original short ‘Geneva Lake’s Shore Path’ here:

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Hailey Rose: Writer for Discover Mediaworks. A born & bred Wisconsinite with a love for fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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