Located just northeast of Ellison Bay, Newport State Park in Door County is Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness park. It’s also one of the best places in the county to enjoy a full day of outdoor adventure. During your next getaway with us at The Ashbrooke, we encourage you to visit Newport State Park and discover a plethora of new adventures. Here is everything you need to know about the park and why you won’t want to leave it off your itinerary.
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3 of the Best Things to Do at Newport State Park
With 30 miles of trails tracing the Lake Michigan shoreline, hiking is a very popular activity in Newport State Park. Hikers will have the chance to encounter some of the area’s most beautiful scenery. This includes evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands, upland meadows, and rocky coastline. The park is also located adjacent to the Mink River Estuary, which features its own hiking trails that you won’t want to miss.
With its beautiful waterfront location, Newport State Park provides plenty of opportunities for kayaking. You could spend an entire day paddling through the waves and enjoying the coastal Wisconsin scenery from a completely new vantage point. If you’re interested in trying Newport State Park kayaking, Door County Kayak Rentals is the closest spot to rent your watercraft for the day.
3. Newport State Park Stargazing
In 2017, the park became one of the only 48 designated spots for viewing the dark sky in the world! The Newport State Park dark sky provides unobstructed views of the eastern night skies. During the summer, Newport State Park is a prime place to see the aurora borealis northern lights! It truly is a sight to behold and a must for your summer getaway.
More Door County Parks That You Need to See
After your visit to Newport State Park, be sure you get the chance to explore these beautiful Door County parks before you head home.
Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park is a primitive island off the coast of Door County boasts a wide variety of activities that you won’t want to miss this summer. After two leisurely ferry rides to the island, you’ll be able to enjoy a plethora of outdoor adventures including hiking and exploring the historic lighthouse.
Peninsula State Park
Located along the bay, Peninsula State Park 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.
Potawatomi State Park
This 1,200-acre wonderland is one of the county’s most popular parks and boasts jaw-dropping views you won’t find anywhere else. Potawatomi State Park is also home to extensive hiking and biking trails, an observation tower, and prime fishing spots.
Return to The Ashbrooke for Some Well-Deserved Relaxation
For a peaceful and memorable stay in Door County, we invite you to discover The Ashbrooke. Our charming adults-only hotel provides luxury amenities and comforts that you won’t find in typical hotels. The unique guest rooms are perfect for couples and solo travelers while our exclusive specials make enjoying a Door County vacation even more affordable!
Ready for your next getaway? Book with The Ashbrooke today and we look forward to welcoming you to Door County soon.
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