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Big Bay State Park sign

Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park is one of only two Wisconsin state parks that is not on the mainland. Rock Island State Park is the other. Rock Island is in Lake Michigan; Big Bay is in Lake Superior. So, to get to Big Bay, you must take a ride on a ferry. You’ll most likely want […]

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High Cliff State Park sign

High Cliff State Park

Ah, the Niagara Escarpment! If you visit Door County and take any sort of tour or hike there, for example, in Peninsula State Park, you’re sure to hear or read about it. But what exactly is it? It’s a High Cliff. And thus, the name of High Cliff State Park, a park which sits right

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Newport State Park sign

Newport State Park

This is the account of our fourth and final visit to a state park during our week-long stay in Door County, June 4 through June 9, 2023. 1) Rock Island2) Peninsula3) Whitefish Dunes4) Newport Probably the most important feature of Newport State Park is its location. Since its northern end is only a couple of

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Whitefish Dunes State Park sign

Whitefish Dunes State Park

This is the account of our third visit to a state park during our week-long stay in Door County, June 4 through June 9, 2023. 1) Rock Island2) Peninsula3) Whitefish Dunes4) Newport Whitefish. What is whitefish? It’s what they use in a Door County fish boil. But what kind of fish is it exactly? And

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Peninsula State Park sign

Peninsula State Park

This is the account of our second visit to a state park during our week-long stay in Door County, June 4 through June 9, 2023. 1) Rock Island2) Peninsula3) Whitefish Dunes4) Newport Peninsula State Park, along with Devil’s Lake and Willow River, is one of the most popular parks in Wisconsin. I think that being

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Foot ferry to Rock Island

Rock Island State Park

This is the account of our first visit to a state park during our week-long stay in Door County, June 4 through June 9, 2023. 1) Rock Island2) Peninsula3) Whitefish Dunes4) Newport Getting to Rock Island State Park takes a little more effort and planning than what is needed for other Wisconsin state parks. As

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Mill Bluff State Park sign

Mill Bluff State Park

Mill Bluff State Park was the last of four parks we visited in one excursion. The other three were Council Grounds, Kinnickinnic, and Willow River. Mill Bluff is what I would call a simple park. There’s very little in the way of trails (and we didn’t even hike it/them, as you’ll see). There’s one big

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Willow River State Park sign

Willow River State Park

Willow River State Park is one of the more popular among Wisconsin state parks, primarily because it has a large waterfall that isn’t likely to dry up as it’s so close to the river’s mouth which joins the St. Croix River about 5 miles downstream. Getting to and from the falls can be quite the

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Kinnickinnic State Park sign

Kinnickinnic State Park

Kinnickinnic State Park is a nice place to visit…if you can find it! We came from a hotel in Hudson, which is almost 10 miles (not 8.7, as the official trail map suggests) from the park. Driving south on County F, there is one small sign half a mile before you get to the road

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