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Wisconsin's Top Trails

Door County is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors, especially those who like to explore by running, biking, and hiking. When you’re never more than a few minutes from the water it’s hard to find a route that doesn’t offer a jaw-dropping vista.

Whether you’re looking for a lung-busting long-ride or a leisurely tour with the family, Door County’s roads and trails offer a beautiful place to find your speed. If running is your passion, you can fulfill it on quiet rural roads and peaceful park trails. And if you’re looking for a hike to lose yourself in nature, you have five state parks, 19 County Parks, and dozens of preserves to choose from.

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Trail Guide
Door County’s state parks offer some of the best off-road trails for running, hiking, and riding. To find trail maps, park details, and to view our virtual tours of park trails, see our guide here>>

Door County’s state parks and nature preserves each offer unique hiking experiences where you can discover native wildflowers, bird-watching, and wildlife. To find guided hikes at state parks and nature preserves visit our events calendar throughout the year to find the latest opportunities.

Door County Off-road Bike Trails
Looking to get your tires dirty? Though Door County doesn’t have mountains, there are great off-road bike trails in Peninsula State Park and Newport State Park. If you love a real fat tire, bring your fat bike along for any season.

Seven Great Door County Trail Experience

  1. Sunset Bike Path, Peninsula State Park. Completed in 1982, this hard-pack gravel bike path is a great way to explore the park, no matter your experience level. It’s great for families and takes you to several historic markers and scenic overlooks.
  2. Horseshoe Island. Not easy to get to. You’ll have to kayak from Nicolet Bay Beach, or anchor your boat and swim ashore, but this quick hike around the island is a fun “overseas” adventure offering a new look at the park from off-shore.
  3. Yellow Trail, Whitefish Dunes State Park. Hike the expansive beach, and check out Old Baldy, a 93-foot sand dune, but also find this trail, where the Whitefish Creek spur at the end of this trail will take you to a sort of secret spot few venture to.
  4. Eagle Trail, Peninsula State Park. Maybe the most famous trail in Door County among adventurers. This is a difficult hike but worth it.
  5. Ahnapee State Trail. Sturgeon Bay to Luxemburg. This mostly hard-pack gravel trail replaces the former Ahnapee and Western rail line. It’s also host to the Ahnapee Summer Solstice 50-mile run each June.
  6. Hotz Trail, Newport State Park. This trail, named for Ferdinand Hotz, is a great way to explore Wisconsin’s only designated wilderness state park.
  7. Winter Hikes. The scenery of Door County is perhaps most beautiful after a winter snowfall. Learn about the favorite winter hikes of state park naturalists here>>

For five more great trail experiences, check out our insider’s trail guide>>

Running Events Calendar for 2017

May 6 – Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k, Peninsula State Park
May 13 – Door County YMCA Blossom Run, 5-mile, 2-mile, Egg Harbor
May 28 – Maifest Run, 10k, 2-mile, Jacksonport
June 10 – Hog Wild Run, 5k, 10k, kids run, Sturgeon Bay
June 17 – Ahnapee Summer Solstice 50, 50-mile relay, Sturgeon Bay
June 24 – Crossroads Trail Run, 10k, 5k, 2k trail run, Sturgeon Bay
July 1 – Hairpin Run, 5k, Fish Creek
July 9 – Belgian Days Run, 4-mile, 2-mile, Brussels
July 29 – Washington Island Rec Run, 10k, 5k, 2k, Washington Island
Sept. 23 – Hey Hey 5k, Baileys Harbor
Oct. 7 – Potawatomi State Park Run Wild, quarter marathon, 5k, Sturgeon Bay
Oct. 21 – Fall 50, 50-mile solo or relay, Gills Rock/Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 4 – Turkey Trot, 4-mile, 2-mile, 1-mile, ½-mile, Institute

Cycling Events Calendar

June 17, 2017 – Peninsula Century Spring Classic Ride. 100, 62, 50, and 25-mile routes start and end at Brann Field in downtown Baileys Harbor on the grounds of the Door County Beer Festival.

July 15 and 16 – Door County Triathlon. Spring Triathlon Sunday, with a .25-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. Take on the county’s biggest athletic challenge in the Half Iron Triathlon featuring a 1.25-mile swim, 55-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. Event is staged at Murphy Park in Egg Harbor.

Sept. 10, 2017 – Door County Century Ride. Ride features five routes, all of which start and end at the Door County Fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay.

Sept. 16, 2017 – Peninsula Century Fall Challenge Ride. 100, 62, 50, and 25-mile routes start and end at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.



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