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Door County is a hiker’s paradise with it’s diverse landscape of woodlands and wetlands and bluffs and beaches. I could go on and on (and on) about some of our favorites throughout the county but will save that for another post. Instead, we are going to focus on a single location that offers a wide variety of different hikes. We’re talking about the magnificent Peninsula State Park. According to the Wisconsin DNR, Peninsula has a total of 20 miles of hiking trails,. We are going to highlight three of them.

And we’ll start with the most challenging..

Eagle Trail for a hiking adventure

From the moss covered bluffs and waves crashing on the shore to the towering trees and wildflowers beneath us, Eagle Trail is a favorite! Caution, though. It is marked as “difficult” and may not be for everyone. We have been on the trail in less than ideal conditions and watched some struggle over slippery stretches. The terrain, which is part of the Niagara Escarpment, is tricky but beautiful. At two miles long, it didn’t seem to be too strenuous to tackle, but by the end of it, with a trip uphill, we were exhausted. Take your time with this one, but it’s worth it!

Eagle Tower for the most scenic views

So maybe this isn’t a true “trail,” but when you climb up the 100 steps of Eagle Tower, it feels like a hike! If you haven’t been to the park in the last few years, then you haven’t see the brand new structure (2021). Located high above Eagle Trail, Eagle tower offers a panoramic view like no other. As you can see, we visited in the fall and enjoyed both the water views and the stunning fall colors.

Two of my family members (me included) are not fans of heights. But with the solid feeling of the new structure, we went for it! We found ourselves literally walking right through the tree tops! We chose to walk up the steps, and then stroll back down along the 850-foot fully-accessible “canopy walk” that winds through the trees. There are level spots and benches along the way to rest.

And just look at that view!

Sunset Trail for a stroll through nature

An easy option for hiking Peninsula State Park is the lovely Sunset Trail. Starting near the Fish Creek entrance to the Park, Sunset Trail is more than 9 miles long. It accommodates bicycles, wheelchairs and hikers and can be accessed without needing a park entrance fee. We walked in from town and walked a mile into the park and a mile back out.

Hiking Sunset Trail was a peaceful way for us to start the day. It seems doable for all skill levels. Bring your kids, the grandparents, even the dogs!

A trip to Peninsula State Park should be on any hiker’s Door County itinerary. Book your stay now by visiting Northern Door Vacations and don’t forget to pack your hiking boots!

Rae