In Door County
Cycling in Door County is a great way to explore new places and see new sights you may not have otherwise discovered. Starting in the spring, the cycling routes are plentiful and roads are clear. Here is a link to a full county map of the silent sport trails, and below are some recommended places to spin your pedals this season. Before you jump in the saddle, make sure you’ve gotten a refresher on safe riding practices and are familiar with the traffic laws in the area you are planning to ride.
Glidden Drive is a winding, relatively flat road that hugs the eastern shoreline south of Whitefish Dunes State Park. From the northern end of the drive to the southern is around six miles. Extend your ride by going further south on County Road T and TT to enjoy views of the Sturgeon Bay Canal.
Bay Shore Drive
This scenic road connects Sturgeon Bay to Egg Harbor, as well as Sunset Park to Frank E. Murphy park, along the western shoreline. From park to park is just over 13 miles of smooth, paved road with an ample shoulder perfect for cycling.
County Road Q
Beginning north of Bailey’s Harbor you’ll find County Road Q, a paved road that takes the winding route north, passing Moonlight and North Bay for a nine mile stretch. The curvy road is surrounded by forest and offers a few sightseeing areas to gaze across the bays. This road also connects to the road which takes you to Cana Island.
Take the ferry across with you bicycles and spend a day exploring this peaceful island! Use this map as your guide and you’ll have the opportunity to see historic churches, Schoolhouse Beach, fields of lavender, a scenic tower, idyllic harbors, and lots of gorgeous natural areas.
Packed Trail & Off-Road Mountain Biking
This northern park has a variety of bikeable trails to offer. These are best ridden with hybrid or mountain bikes, as the trails can be sandy, muddy and rocky in places. Loops will take you to an inland lake, Europe Lake, and to diverse bays on Lake Michigan.
This park has a lot to offer bikers of all levels and styles. There are plenty of paved routes, as well as a packed trail—Sunset Bike Route—and over twelve miles of rugged off-road trails. Choose your own biking adventure!
There are eight miles of off-road trails in this park, or you can also stick to the roads that wind throughout. The terrain is variable and will keep you entertained with beautiful views of the forest and lake.
Follow the Red Trail for around 5 miles of out-and-back biking on packed trail along the dunes inside the forest of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Hop off your bike and climb the stairs to the lookout area of “Old Baldy,” the tallest dune in the park.
From downtown Sturgeon Bay, this 48-mile, county-operated 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 and native wildflowers. The trail is a packed limestone that is suitable for hybrid bicycles.