It’s been so fun to have our guests coming back! The County is opening up and the businesses are too. One thing that hasn’t changed during the pandemic, is all the natural beauty that our County has to offer. On a recent warm night, we decided to take a drive through Peninsula State Park. It was a great reminder that even when we’re here all year round, we can still be awed by the beauty that surrounds us.
Peninsula is just one of five state parks in Door County. The others are Potawatomi, Whitefish Dunes, Newport and Rock Island, all of which currently require an annual sticker to visit the park and its trails. Annual passes, which range between $13-$38, can be purchased online here or by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. any day of the week. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been updating their website to include guidance and information about visiting each of their parks. Hereis the page about visiting Peninsula State Park, but you can search for other parks here. Please note, Whitefish Dunes has limited access due to high water levels and Rock Island is fully closed, at least until July 1st.
Beyond state parks, the County is also home to many county and local parks that do not require a sticker. Be that by car, foot or bike, all of the parks offer wide open spaces to safely enjoy nature and it’s restorative power. Not to mention some of the most breathtaking views of the County! As a reminder, we have a few bikes available to our guests on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested in taking them out, just give us a call or text at 920-854-7656. We don’t have helmets, so pack your own so you can ride in safety! Looking for a route to take outside of the parks? You can find a helpful map here.
If you’re looking for other ways to enjoy nature, we also suggest:
- Renting a kayak or SUP just a few steps away from us with Bayshore Outfitters’ Ephraim Kayak Center, more information on rates, hours and how to contact them here.
- Golfing at one of the many golf courses around the County, suggestions found here.
- Looking for more ideas on how to spend your trip? Check out these socially distanced options provided by Destination Door County!
Don’t forget to gear up at some of our favorite local retailers, Ecology Sports and Twisted Tree. In future blogs we’ll discuss more of our favorite shops and restaurants. As always, we’re also here for ideas and suggestions, so don’t hesitate to reach out!