Top 5 Hiking Locations in Door County
- For those of you that like more rigorous hikes with undeveloped dirt trails, Door Bluff Headlands County Park and Rock Island State Park are for you. Both of these areas boast some of the best views of Green Bay and Lake Michigan from high limestone cliffs. Rock Island requires a private boat or two ferry rides to reach but is well worth the day trip. Door Bluff Headlands is just a short drive west of Ellison Bay on Garrett Bay Road.
- Cave Point County Park and Whitefish Dunes State Park border each other. One of the most beautiful spots on the Lake Michigan side of the county, Cave Point’s rugged limestone has been torn away by Michigan’s powerful waves. As you head south along the shoreline trail, the jagged limestone gives way to Whitefish Dunes massive expanse of sandy beach. Plan on spending a few hours exploring all this area has to offer.
- For those of you that want a quick hour or so hike over flat terrain, Three Springs Natural Area just east of Sister Bay is a great location. The trail system travels through old fields, into cedar lowlands, past an old farmstead and out to Three Springs pond, a natural spring that feeds Three Springs Creek. This is a great spot for picnics and for families with young children.
- If you are looking for longer hikes, Newport State Park offers an extensive trail system over relatively flat terrain. It also is home to a few longer stretches of beach on Lake Michigan. Take off the footwear and hike in the sand and surf for a mile before cutting up onto the forested trails again! This park, like many in the area, has amazing fall colors! State parks also allow well behaved, leashed dogs.
- Known to be one of the most diverse natural areas in the state, The Ridges in Baileys Harbor has to be a stop for any nature lover. The well-developed trail system is fairly flat and accessible for all age levels. For a small fee, you can go on a self-guided hike or take a guided hike with a naturalist. The trails traverse ancient sand dunes that were once the beaches of Lake Michigan. Hundreds of species of plants and animals can be seen here, some of which are endangered.