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Southern Door County is home to the county’s first official ATV routes, from which visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Door in the open air. Washington Island offers another area that’s open for unique four-wheeled adventures.
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Door County's ATV routes are paved roads that meander through four communities in Southern Door County - Nasewaupee, Gardner, Union, and Brussels - and around the entire 23 square miles of Washington Island.
In Southern Door, the newest extension, which was added in spring of 2017, makes the route almost 60 miles long. The route takes riders past gorgeous viewpoints along the shores of Green Bay and connects to communities where they can stop for food, drinks, shopping, and more. But the routes are also secluded enough that riders can enjoy peace, quiet, and solitude if they so choose.
On Washington Island navigating on four wheelers is pretty much the same as cars; the 80 plus miles of public roads are open to ATV and UTV use. Taking ATVs across on the ferry cost the same as a motorcycle: $15, which is almost half of what a vehicle costs. You’ll see beaches, water views, scenic and serene nature and even a few unique pit stops for food or shopping.
Need to rent? Island Adventure Company is conveniently located just a few steps off the ferry so whether you brought a car or not, rent a UTV and go explore! Roof racks can accommodate your choice of kayaks and paddleboards which are offered at a discounted rate for UTV users. You may find this Island Map helpful as you navigate the island.
Riders must be at least 16 years old to use the routes and possess a valid license and registration for an ATV. All users must follow all state laws on the road. Hardcopy trail maps can be picked up at the Door County Visitor Bureau in Sturgeon Bay or at most establishments along the route in Southern Door.
View a full screen experience of a virtual ATV route. Map your perfect route using Trail Genius elevation measurements and approximate trail times.
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