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The region is packed with roads and trails for visitors of all experience levels, from seasoned cyclists to hiking enthusiasts to casual joggers who love to get outdoors.
Door County is a fantastic place to get out and explore, but it helps to be prepared. Know what to expect when you get to the trail so you are not surprised by rugged trails, wet conditions, or other unexpected things that can ruin an otherwise great hiking opportunity.
Check out these 5-mile runs if you have a few hours kill and are looking to get up that heart rate.
1. Gills Rock to Northport: This route takes you along the northernmost portion of Highway 42, which is the well-known “curvy road” that snakes back and forth through the trees. Park in Gills Rock and follow the road to the ferry landing at Northport, then double back for the full route.
2. Waters End Road: This trans-peninsular road and its steep but brief hill is a local favorite. To get the full 4-mile trans-peninsula experience, start at the bay side of Water’s End Road in Sister Bay and have someone pick you up across on the shore of Lake Michigan.
3. Ephraim: Begin your run on Anderson Dock in the Village of Ephraim. Turn right on Highway 42 and run south through town. Run along the bay until you reach Brookside Lane, and turn left. Brookside will bear right and become Hidden Spring Road. Follow Hidden Spring to a fork and turn right on German Road, then take Norway Street left about 0.5 miles to Moravia Street. Turn left on Moravia and follow it to Highway 42. Turn left on 42 and return to Anderson Dock.
4. Ridges Road: This route takes you through beautiful Baileys Harbor. Begin near the marina and run north to Ridges Road. Turn right onto Ridges and jog through the Ridges County Park for about three miles. Take the road all the way to the end of the little peninsula and double back for a 6-mile route.
5. Horseshoe Bay Road: Begin in Frank Murphy Park and run north on Bay Shore Drive and then Horseshoe Bay Road to Bluff Pass, then double back for a 5-mile route.
Flat to rugged, hilly to sandy, smooth to slightly overgrown—the options for hiking, running, and biking in Wisconsin and Door County are nearly endless. Plan your adventure today.
Want to get a feel for a trail or park before adding it to your trip itinerary? Explore elevation, terrain, scenery, and trail times with our interactive Trail Genius maps.
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 challenging biking experiences.
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