By: Jennifer Parulski

For the outdoor enthusiast, Door County is the perfect place to get outside, breathe deeply, live slowly and enjoy the breathtaking views that this Wisconsin peninsula has to offer.  Whether hiking in the fall and enjoying the iconic autumn colors or going out for a wooded forest hike in summer, Door County is sure to leave you in awe of the beauty of Wisconsin.  Here are a list of 5 hikes you can’t miss this year in Door County.

1) Door Bluff Headlands County Park.

Just a short drive from Ellison Bay, this 155 acre park boasts extraordinary limestone bluffs that overlook the breathtaking views of Hedgehog Harbor and Green Bay.  There aren’t marked trails, so the park is your oyster! The best views are down by the rocks by the water, so prepare yourself for a short, but steep trip! Good hiking shoes and a walking stick would come in handy on this hike, as the rocks can be slippery. Explore down to the water, along the beach and get ready to climb your way back up!

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2) Peninsula State Park

Hike, camp and have a beach vacation all in one! Located right on the shoreline and filled with trails ranging from .5 to 9.5 miles, Peninsula Park has a trail for everyone in the family. Make sure you check out Eagle Bluff Trail. This hike descends 200 ft and then traces the sparkling shoreline. Eagle Bluff will take you through cedar forests, loose rock, and it will give you a chance to explore caves, a natural spring and even a huge lookout tower.  There’s a reason this trail is Door County’s most popular.

 

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3) Cave Point County Park

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For those looking to enjoy Door County’s beauty, while enjoying a shorter, more mellow hiking trail, Cave Point County Park is sure to fit the bill.  This county park is best known for its underwater caves and limestone cliffs.  Catch a gorgeous sunset and enjoy the breaking waves splashing up against the cliffs. Biking is also very popular at this park and there are even picnic tables, fire rings and restrooms for you to enjoy the perfect day out in nature.

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4) The Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary is Wisconsin’s first land trust and is the state’s most biologically diverse ecosystem! You can hike around the sanctuary or join a tour to learn more about the history of The Ridges. Make sure to keep your eyes open for cranes, Monarch butterflies, porcupine and other beautiful wildlife!  This land trust is for the individual who is perfect for the more mellow hiker, looking to soak in some gorgeous up nort’ scenery.

Photo by Sharon Knight at sunearthsky.com

 

5) Whitefish Dunes State Park

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With 14.5 miles of hiking trails, Whitefish Dunes State Park is sure to please just about every level of hiker! Whether you’re feeling a 2.8 mile hike through rocky pine forest or a hike to Wisconsin’s largest sand dune (93 feet tall!), Whitefish Dunes has a trail for that.

A little sweaty after all that hiking? Take those shoes off and head towards the water! Located on the world’s prettiest peninsula (in our opinion), you can go right from your hike, straight to the endless coastline!

Photo by @steffiedear