There is nothing quite like spending a day exploring the great outdoors of Door County. With five state parks, 19 county parks, and a variety of other local natural areas, your options for exploration and recreation are nearly endless. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go for your vacation on the peninsula. We can help! Here are our top picks for the best Door County parks that we’re sure you’ll love.
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6 of the Best Door County Parks
Peninsula State Park
Located along the bay, Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, WI reigns as the largest state park in the area. No matter what time of year you go, there is always something to do. Warmer months are perfect for kayaking, golfing on the 18-hole course, swimming, and fishing. Cooler months provide the perfect conditions for snowmobiling and sledding. Peninsula State Park also offers an abundance of nature programs to enjoy. Spend a few hours bird watching, hiking through a hemlock-cedar forest, or learning astronomy while gazing through a telescope.
Potawatomi State Park
Stretching 2 miles along the Green Bay shoreline, Potawatomi State Park is the perfect destination for outdoor exploration. There are many miles of hiking and biking trails, groomed ski trails, and a boat ramp for those who want to venture into the bay. It’s 1,178 acres of opportunities outdoor fun!
Rock Island State Park
You can only reach Rock Island by ferry, (two, in fact), making it one of the most unique Door County parks! This island is visited by nearly 30,000 people per year and boasts many biking trails, hiking paths, and beaches. To avoid having to rush through your outdoor activities, try camping on the island for a night. That way, you don’t have to worry about making it back to the ferry in time, and you have the opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders of Wisconsin even more. Be sure to reward yourself with a stay at The Ashbrooke after your night in the great outdoors!
Whitefish Dunes State Park
Whitefish Dunes State Park in Sturgeon Bay, WI is a lovely park is bordered by Lake Michigan! It also provides plenty of things to see and do any time of year. With hiking, swimming, boating, and history centers, boredom is never an option at this waterfront park.
Cave Point County Park
Often overlooked by many visitors, Cave Point Park in Sturgeon Bay, WI is a true hidden gem. The sightseeing treasure allows you to explore sea caves left behind by Lake Michigan as it pounded against the bluffs. This park spans 19-acres, features a hiking trail and several great spots to have an afternoon picnic.
Egg Harbor Beach Park
Within a short walk of The Ashbrooke, you’ll find Egg Harbor Beach Park. This popular destination includes a sandy beach, pavilion, and wonderful swimming opportunities. It’s a lovely spot for splashing in the water on a hot day, building sandcastles or lounging on the beach while taking in the panoramic views of the vistas.
After Exploring the Door County Parks, Come Relax at The Ashbrooke
After a full day of experiencing our local parks, come back to The Ashbrooke for some well-deserved relaxation! Located in the heart of Door County, our adults-only hotel offers numerous amenities including luxurious rooms, an indoor pool and easy access to all of Door County’s great restaurants, museums, galleries, and more. View our specials to find out how you can make the most of your trip!
Book your next vacation with us today! We look forward to welcoming you soon.