Visit the Top Wisconsin State Parks
Wisconsin’s state parks are stunning playgrounds for outdoor lovers. It’s an excellent adventure place, with many parks to visit. Each state park has unique things to do, creating a recreational area suited for everyone. Whether you like to golf, see lighthouses, bike, hike, snowshoe, swim, or hang out on the beach, you can pick a state park that’s your favorite or make plans to visit them all.
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Best State Parks in Wisconsin for Your Bucket List
Peninsula State Park
Located between Fish Creek and Ephraim, this state park is a 3,776-acre treasure on Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula. Rocky bluffs ascend over 150 feet while deer graze contentedly in abandoned farm fields. Considered Wisconsin’s most complete state park, Peninsula offers an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse, cross-country skiing in winter, and eight miles of spectacular Door County shoreline.
Newport State Park
Located northeast of Ellison Bay, is a 2,400-acre “wilderness park” with 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 3 miles of sand beaches. Newport offers 38.3 miles of trails; all of them open for hiking. Of these, 16.8 miles also are open to off-road bicycles. In the winter, 26.3 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing, including 12.5 miles groomed and tracked for classical skiing, 2 miles groomed for skate skiing, and 4.5 miles open for snowshoeing.
Whitefish Dunes State Park
This park, established in 1967 to protect the fragile dune environment, is an 865-acre day-use park located south of Jacksonport. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest.
Rock Island State Park
Located at the very tip of the Door County Peninsula, is a 700-acre gem. The Pottawatomie Lighthouse, a sand beach, and an Icelandic-style boat house offer a diverse experience. Cars and even bikes are not allowed on the 912-acre island, making for an experience, unlike any other Wisconsin state park.
Potawatomi State Park
This state park, on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. Over two miles of shoreline provide many scenic views and recreational opportunities. A 75-foot observation tower rises above the forest canopy giving a panoramic view.
Spend Your Evenings at The Ashbrooke
A visit to Door County isn’t complete without a stay at The Ashbrooke Hotel. We’re conveniently located in Egg Harbor, keeping you close to all the best attractions in Door County.
Our top-notch accommodations and amenities make for a luxurious and romantic getaway that you’ll never forget.
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