Life on the lake!
Hiking Through History: The Geneva Lake Walking Path
Sometimes a concrete sidewalk, sometimes limestone, sometimes just dirt and grass, the 21-mile Geneva Lake walking path offers vistas of century-old mansions along the shoreline of one of the great blue lakes of the world.
While the Geneva Lake walking path has been compared to the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, it’s best to forget the comparisons and enjoy it simply for what it is: a remarkable opportunity for the public to have up-close access to a stunning lake of great natural beauty and some of the most lovely mansions of the Midwest.
Created by Native Americans, the path can be walked in its entirety in a day, or eight hours if you’re a power walker. For us mere mortals, though, circumnavigating Geneva Lake will take 10 to 14 hours, and it’s not just a walk in the park, but a hike that’s filled with ups and downs and varied terrain. (Note: The North Side of the lake is more populated, while the South Side is less developed and offers access to Big Foot Beach State Park).