The best way get the full Door County, WI, experience is to venture into the great outdoors and see for yourself that the area offers some of the best scenery in the country. With five state parks, 19 county parks, and a variety of other local parks, nature preserves, and natural areas, your options for exploration and recreation are nearly endless. Let us help you with our list of 6 of the Door County parks you should visit first!
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6 Door County Parks to Visit
Located along the bay, this park in Door County reigns as the largest state park in the area with over 3,776 acres. 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 about astronomy while gazing through a telescope into the night sky.
Stretching 2 miles along the Green Bay shoreline, Potawatomi State Park is the perfect destination for outdoor exploration due to its many miles of hiking and biking trails, groomed ski trails in the winter, and a boat ramp for those who want to venture into the bay. It’s 1,178 acres of outdoor fun.
You can only get to this park by ferry, (two, in fact), making it a unique Door County park! This island is visited by nearly 30,000 people per year and has many biking trails, hiking paths, and beaches to explore. 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 Hotel after your night in the great outdoors!
With over 40 miles of trail to blaze, this is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, snowmobilers, and even horseback riders. It was once a railroad that connected Sturgeon Bay with Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg, and Kewaunee. Now, it is a crushed stone path that winds through forests, small communities, and open spaces. Don’t worry; there are restroom break facilities along the trail.
Often overlooked by many visitors, this hidden gem is a sightseeing treasure that 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.
Within a short walk of The Ashbrooke is Egg Harbor Beach Park. This popular destination includes a sandy beach, pavilion, and wonderful swimming. It’s a lovely spot for splashing in the water on a hot day, building sandcastles or lounging in a chair and taking in the panoramic vistas.
After Exploring Our Door County Parks, Relax at The Ashbrooke
After a full day of experiencing our local parks, come back to The Ashbrooke Hotel. Located in the heart of Door County, we offer 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!