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Cold weather is no reason to stay inside. Luckily, Door County’s majestic landscapes are just as beautiful with the snow falling all around or winter’s grip letting loose. Check out these six great spots to get a glimpse.
Eagle Trail, Peninsula State Park: This moderate to difficult two-mile trail is great any time of year. Start atop the towering limestone bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment and head down to the waters of Eagle Harbor. In winter the snow-topped village of Ephraim is picturesque across the frozen bay. In spring mini waterfalls trickle along your hike before you find yourself staring in awe at the bluffs at your side.
White Cliff Nature Preserve, Egg Harbor: This property operated by the Door County Land Trust near Egg Harbor is heavily forested to protect you from biting winter winds off of Green Bay. The 1.5 mile trail on the property is easy to navigate, making it perfect for either snowshoes or just hiking boots.
Ice Age Trail, Potawatomi State Park: What better time than winter to check out the Ice Age Trail? This 1,200-mile long state trail beginning in northwest Wisconsin ends with 2.8 smooth miles winding through Potawatomi State Park. End the trek with a climb up the observation tower for fantastic views over Sawyer Harbor and Green Bay. This park is just minutes from downtown Sturgeon Bay.
Crossroads at Big Creek: Two miles of trails for hiking and snowshoeing can connect you to nature just outside of downtown Sturgeon Bay. Feeling extra fit? Crossroads offers a free cross country ski program throughout the winter, including equipment.
Lynd Point Loop, Newport State Park: Newport State Park is truly the quiet northwoods in winter, reserved for those seeking a serene walk through a winter wonderland. The Lynd Point loop is of moderate difficulty, perfect for hiking boots or snowshoes, and offers fantastic views of Lake Michigan.
Ahnapee State Trail: This 48-mile trail winds south along the beautiful Ahnapee and Kewaunee rivers to Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg and Kewaunee, passing by a mixture of evergreen glades, farmland, prairies and wooded areas teeming with wildlife. The trail is open to walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and users must share the trail with snowmobiles.
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