Door County is one of Wisconsin’s best-kept secrets. When you visit the peninsula, you’ll be minutes away from breathtaking state parks, Lake Michigan beaches, and charming islands off the coast. Hiking in Door County is one of the best ways to explore the area’s pristine natural beauty. Lace-up your hiking boots and bring your camera, because you won’t want to forget this Door County experience!
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4 of the Best Places for Hiking in Door County
1.Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park is the third-largest state park in Wisconsin, with 3,776 acres of land for visitors to explore. This is one of our favorite Door County parks, as it has eight miles of marvelous Green Bay shoreline and excellent stargazing opportunities at night.
Hikers have over a dozen trails to choose from, all of which vary in length and difficulty level. The moderate Hemlock Trail traverses 1.8 miles through the park’s cedar-hemlock forests and low bluffs. The Trail Tramper’s Delight is an easier, half-mile option with plenty of tree cover for relief from the sun on hot summer days.
2. Newport State Park
Newport State Park is the only designated wilderness park in Wisconsin. Travel up to the tip of the peninsula, northeast of Ellison Bay, to find this hub of outdoor adventure. The park contains 30 miles of trails along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The park’s five main trails vary from two to seven miles in length so that hikers can choose their own adventure. There is no shortage of beautiful scenery for hikers to encounter at Newport, from rocky coastline to dense forests to marshy wetlands.
3. Whitefish Dunes State Park
If you’re looking for a Door County state park with beautiful beaches, Whitefish Dunes is your best bet. Hike through re-creations of original Door County settlements. Or, opt for a wildlife tour around Clark Lake, where you’ll see waterfowl birds amidst the wetland ecosystem. After a tiring hike, reward yourself with a dip in Lake Michigan’s crystal blue waters.
4. Ahnapee State Trail
Are you ready for a challenge? Ahnapee State Trail is a 48-mile wilderness road that winds its way south from downtown Sturgeon Bay. Those who hike the entirety of the trail will pass by evergreen glades, farmlands, prairies, and forests.
The Ice Age Trail intersects with two sections of the Ahnapee system. This 1,000-mile path follows the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. As one of only 11 National Scenic Trails, hikers are guaranteed to see jaw-dropping landscapes along its path.
Your Door County Adventure Starts Here
Hiking in Door County’s beautiful landscape is only the beginning of your dream vacation! There are so many unique events and attractions on the peninsula that you won’t want to miss. Attend a Door County fish boil, see a show at the Third Avenue Playhouse, or tour a local brewery. Rather than cramming everything on your to-do list into one weekend, why not extend your stay?
When you stay at The Ashbrooke, we help you do just that. Our Suite Deal special applies when you opt to stay for a total of three or more nights with us. You’ll unlock a discounted rate, regardless of room type. What are you waiting for? Get ready to enjoy your piece of Door County paradise! Browse our rooms and book your stay today.