Biking & Bike Trails
in Door County
Road, Trail, Highway, or Forest: Pick Your Biking Backdrop
One of the best ways to get out and see Door County in all its splendor is with two wheels and a set of handlebars. Whether casually ambling through town to get a sense of place or seeking a high-adrenaline challenge on an off-road bike trail, you can get your biking fix up here. Rent a bike or bring your own and explore some of the top bike trails Wisconsin has to offer.
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Best Door County Bike Rides
If you're seeking a challenging but fun ride that provides open space and beautiful views, these routes will take you where you need to go. They all offer terrific scenery and and plenty of seclusion but remain close enough to town that they can be completed in a few hours.
Glidden Drive takes cyclists along the eastern shoreline, starting just south of Whitefish Dunes State Park. The total ride is about six miles, but if you're looking for additional mileage you can switch over to County Road T or TT and ride west toward Sturgeon Bay, where you'll be treated to views of the canal.
Bay Shore Drive
This smooth, paved route is approximately 13 miles long and hugs the western shoreline as it takes bikers from Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay to Frank E. Murphy Park in Egg Harbor.
County Road Q
County Road Q begins a little north of Bailey’s Harbor, not far from The Ridges. Take this forested route north, winding past the Mud Lake State Wildlife Area, Moonlight Bay, North Bay, and more, eventually letting out in Ephraim. The entire stretch is about nine miles and has multiple view points for admiring the lake, including the turn off for access to Cana Island.
Bring your bike and hop the ferry to this island with 100 miles of pavement to explore. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one on the island. Plan your route around seeing historic churches, Schoolhouse Beach, lavender fields, lake views, and deep green forest.
Door County Bike Trails
If speed, terrain, elevation, or solitude are what drive you, give biking on one of these Door County mountain biking trails a try.
Newport State Park
Located in northeast Door, Newport State Park has seven bike-friendly trails that, depending on your route, can provide views of Lake Michigan, Europe Lake, Rowley's Bay, islands, cliffs, and forest. Newport's biking trails can get muddy and rocky in some spots, so be ready to do some work. View Interactive Trail Map >
Peninsula State Park
Between the 9.6-mile Sunset Bike Route and an additional 12 miles of rugged off-road terrain, Peninsula State Park is a huge cycling destination in Wisconsin. The park offers bike rentals for both kids and adults. View Interactive Map >
Potawatomi State Park
Bike across eight miles of off-road trails with varied terrain and forest and lake views. Cyclists are also welcome to bike on any park roads, so they can go pretty much wherever calls to them in PSP. View Interactive Map >
Whitefish Dunes State Park
The Red Trail in this lakeside park has 5 miles of packed biking trail that goes along sand dunes and through the forest. You'll pass by Old Baldy, the tallest sand dune in the park and one of the great natural wonders of the Door County region. View Interactive Map >
This historic trail begins in Sturgeon Bay and trends south for about 48 miles, taking you past the beautiful Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers. Along the way, you'll pedal through several towns and see a mix of farmland, prairies, forest, woods, and wildlife.
Leave No Trace: Biking Basics
Know Before You Go
Whether on the road or on the trail, always wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear. Keep your group, yourself, and others safe by always riding in control and within your group’s limits. On the road, ride with the flow of traffic and be aware of your surroundings. Stay out of drivers' blind spots, especially at traffic lights or stop signs.
Share the Trails and Roads
When biking in Door County, stick to durable surfaces, including established trails, dirt roads, and pavement. Riding off the trail, especially to avoid wet or muddy areas, can cause erosion and damage vegetation. Sticking to established trails and roads will also help prevent riders from disturbing wildlife.
Respect other trail and road users and protect the quality of their experience. Yield to hikers and equestrians. Be prepared to stop and dismount if the trail is narrow or crowded. On the trail, yield to uphill traveling cyclists when descending. When encountering slower traffic, announce your presence with a friendly greeting or bell to avoid startling other visitors. Share the road and ride single file so that cars can pass.
Door County Biking Map
Find a highly detailed, full-color map of Door County's many biking trails and favorite road routes as well as other launch pads for other silent-sports adventure.
Fat Tire Biking
Street, snow, rocks, or hills: take on trickier terrain with a fat tire bike. Door County’s various off-road trails and surfaces offer an array of biking challenges.