Natural Wonders

North Bay-Mud Lake Preserve

The North Bay-Mud Lake Preserve, with 1300 acres of wetlands and Boreal forests, is an adventure in Door County’s natural side. Follow the Birch Road trailhead to a floating metal boardwalk/pier lined with chair rails to a viewing platform overlooking North Bay. This pier provides visitors of all abilities the experience of being in wooded …

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Ephraim Wetlands

Ephraim Wetlands, a 7-acre property, with two looped trails, offers forested wetland views and birdwatching opportunities. This preserve is well suited for a quicker hike in a tranquil setting. Proper footwear is helpful as the trails pass through forested areas covered with pine needles or leaves, grassy areas and standing water. No facilities.

Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond

The 27-acre Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, an oasis of quiet near downtown, is both historically and ecologically important. The former historic Anderson Farm with its pond, wetlands and old-growth tree stands, is now a haven for birds and waterfowl. Interconnected hiking trails are throughout the property. Please, no pets. No facilities.

Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve

This preserve is located at the northern end of the Kangaroo Lake causeway. It offers many iconic Door County natural features including lake shore, swampland, boreal and upland hardwood forests, and Niagara Escarpment rock outcroppings. It is a popular wildlife viewing destination. There is a 1.5 mile looped hiking trail which begins on top of …

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Toft Point State Natural Area

Toft Point is designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service because of its 400 species of plants and its miles of shoreline with wave-cut dolomite cliffs. Toft Point is also designated as an exceptional wetland by the Ramsar Convention.  Toft Point Road provides parking and access to one-mile trail that passes …

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Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands has a cold microclimate that allows northern forests, plants and animals to thrive further south than anywhere else in Wisconsin.  This State Natural Area has several miles of unmarked, unmaintained trails including those that lead to 1.5 miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline with a bedrock beach.  These trails …

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Ridges Sanctuary Nature Center

Visit the Ridges Sanctuary Nature Center to learn more about the Ridge’s remarkable natural and cultural history and the importance of stewardship. There are free interpretive exhibits and special events for adults and children. A universal access boardwalk located next to the nature center allows all visitors of all abilities to experience its natural wonders. …

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Ridges Sanctuary Natural Features

The Ridges Sanctuary, a National Natural Landmark, named for its distinctive topography, is a series of 30 narrow, crescent-shaped sandy ridges and swales where 500 different types of plants, 60 types of birds and 12 endangered species flourish. Explore this natural treasure by hiking on its trail system. One trail goes by the historic Baileys …

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Three Springs Nature Preserve

The 1.75-mile hiking trail at the Three Springs Nature Preserve is not just a pretty walk in the woods; it is an important habitat for protected plants and animals, including the Hine’s emerald dragonfly and the dwarf lake iris. The trail weaves between prairie and wooded areas, past an old stone fence and farm buildings …

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