5 of the Best Door County State Parks

Door County’s natural scenery is one of the area’s main draws. With stunning rocky shorelines and dense forests, you could spend an entire day exploring the unique flora and fauna of our area. If you’re hoping to spend some time in the great outdoors during your stay with us at The Ashbrooke, we’re more than happy to recommend some of our favorite parks. Just to get you started, here are the most popular Door County State Parks that you certainly won’t want to skip.

With so much to see and do in Door County, you’ll hardly know where to begin. By requesting your free copy of our Vacation Guide, you’ll instantly receive a full list of our area’s top activities and attractions, including more information about Door County State Parks. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the perfect getaway to the Wisconsin peninsula.


5 Beautiful Door County State Parks That You’ll Love

1. Peninsula State Park

Located along Green Bay, this Door County park reigns as the largest state park in the area. No matter what time of year you visit, 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 and into the night sky.

2. Newport State Park

Newport State Park is Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness park. While hiking and kayaking are popular activities during the summer months, visitors from all over the nation flock to this local park for its world-famous stargazing opportunities. It is one of the only 48 designated on the planet for viewing the dark sky. During the warmer months, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of the eastern night skies and the stunning aurora borealis northern lights!

3. Whitefish Dunes State Park

Located right beside Lake Michigan, this waterside wonderland is the perfect spot to revel in the famous beauty of Door County. You and your sweetheart could spend an entire day at Whitefish Dunes State Park enjoying activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, and picnicking. You’ll also find a re-creation of the villages in which Door County’s original settlers lived. It’s a great way to take a step back in time and experience what life was like in Door County hundreds of years ago.

4. Rock Island State Park

What makes this place unique from other Door County parks is that it can only be reached by two ferry rides! Rock Island State Park 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!

5. Potawatomi State Park

Potawatomi State Park is a 1,200-acre oasis of beautifully rolling terrain and limestone cliffs. The observation tower is most likely one of the park’s most beloved attractions and rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the bay from 225 feet above. Don’t forget your cameras! There is plenty more to see in this fabulous local park.

Come Back and Relax at The Ashbrooke

Bedroom ViewAfter your adventures in the Door County State Parks, you’re invited to come back and rest your feet with us at The Ashbrooke! Our peaceful and luxurious adults-only hotel is a favorite for couples looking to get away from their day-to-day schedules. The Ashbrooke’s prime location places you just minutes from all the incredible things to see and do!

Guests will also enjoy comfortable rooms and suites adorned with only the best amenities. Our impeccable guest services will ensure that you are enjoying your stay from the moment you arrive. When booking your stay, be sure to ask us about our current specials. We look forward to hosting you here at The Ashbrooke very soon!


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