The dominant topographical feature of the park is the Lion Rock, which from some angles resembles a lion perching on a hill ridge.
Another topographical feature of the park is the Mong Fu Shek . The legend is that of a faithful wife who climbed the hills every day, carrying her son, to watch for the return of her husband, not knowing he had been drowned at sea. In reward for her faithfulness she was turned into a rock by the Goddess of the Sea so that her spirit could unite with that of her husband.
is another landscape feature of the park. Its Chinese name derives from the warning fire signals which were lit during the Qing Dynasty on the hill top, which was one of the many "lookouts" guarded by soldiers to alert surrounding areas to danger from pirates or hostile intruders. Today a radar station and a police transmitter occupy the top of the hill.
From the slopes of Golden Hill and several places along the western ridge at the park, magnificent panoramic views can be enjoyed. From these localities the whole length of Smugglers Ridge, Tai Mo Shan , Needle Hill, Shatin New Town, Lion Rock and Beacon Hill can be seen. The northern part of Kowloon, the western anchorage of , and Stonecutters Island, the housing estates of Kwai Chung, , the industrial parts of Tsing Yi Island and the town of Tsuen Wan can also be viewed from these vantage points.
The Lion Rock area has long been a favourite for picnickers, hikers and tourists because it includes scenic spots such as Lion Rock, and Mong Fu Shek.
The more common species in the area include ''Pinus elliotti'' , ''Myrica rubra'' , ''Schefflera octophylla'' , ''Reevesia thyrsoidea'' , ''Phyllostachys aurea'' , ''Enkianthus quinqueflorus'' and species of Melastoma.
The area is specially noted for two species of wildlife, the black-eared kite and the long-tailed macaque.
The black-eared kite is a migratory bird found in Asia and Australia. It is a scavenger, feeding on offal, carrion, refuse and dead fish in the harbour. , a well wooded ridge in the park, is one of the popular nesting areas near the harbour, probably because of the presence of tall pine trees.
The long-tailed macaques present in this area are not local wildstock but are descendants of monkeys released in 1920. Their food includes leaves, fruits, insects and small animals. It is illegal to feed monkeys. They can attack and inflict painful bites on human being, especially in their mating season or when they have their young with them.
Varieties of granite which occur include Sung Kong, Cheung Chau and Ma On Shan Granites. In some places the granites are cut by quartz veins containing, amongst other minerals, wolframite, which is tungsten-bearing.
Places to go
Owing to the most convenient transport, people enjoy themselves in the parks with different kinds of activities, such as morning walking and hiking. Particularly on Sunday and Public Holiday, it is very busy in the parks. There are jogging trail, morning walker gardens and barbecue sites etc. provided in the parks.
An extensive network of footpaths has been laid out in the park providing access to almost every part or the park. MacLehose Trail - Stages 5 and 6 starts from Sha Tin Pass to Shing Mun Reservoir. Wilson Trail - Stage 6 begins from Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir Main Dam via Smugglers Ridge .
Within the park there is a family walk provided for family users.
Surrounding the and reservoirs are two jogging trails specially designed for visitors who enjoy morning exercises and keeping fit.
Moreover, there is a tree walk to guide visitors who wish to know more about trees in the park.
A 15-station fitness trail, with specially designed equipment, is located on the catchwater track leading eastwards from the Tai Po Road near 51 milestone. In the western part of the park there is a nature trail which provides an opportunity for studying the natural history and geography of the area.
The Country Code
Visitors in country parks are asked to help keep the parks clean and prevent hill fires so that the facilities can he enjoyed by all. Nearly all of the hill fires, and certainly all the litter, can be attributed to those visitors who do not observe the country code. Fire must only be lit in the barbecue and camping places which are specially designated and clearly marked. Every bit of unwanted waste and litter must be put into litter bin or stockade or taken away by those who brought it.
There is no road access to the Lion Rock Country Park; walkers may enter by footpaths via Hung Mui Kuk, Tsok Pok Hang from Sha Tin, or via Wang Tau Hom from Kowloon and from Tai Po Road via the catchwater footpath near Kowloon Reservoir.