municipality: Liberty Grove

Death’s Door Strait

French explorers named the strait linking Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay “Port des Morts” meaning Death’s Door after hearing tales of native warriors who perished in a storm. In the 1800’s Port des Morts’ rough waters, unpredictable weather and hidden shoals caused over 100 shipwrecks making it one of the Great Lakes’ …

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Washington Island Ferry Services

There are two ferries on the northern tip of the Door County Coastal Byway, one departing from Northport pier and the other from Gills Rock that connect the Byway and the Door Peninsula to Washington Island 30 minutes away. The Washington Island Ferry conveys passengers, vehicles and freight while the Island Clipper transports only passengers.  …

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Curvy WIS 42

Highway 42, between Timberline Road and Ports des Morts Drive, is known for its 15 serpentine curves as it nears the Washington Island Ferry dock. This iconic highway segment is a favorite of recreational drivers and photographers in all seasons.

Newport State Park – Newport Beaches

Newport State Park’s 11 miles of shoreline can be rocky or sandy depending on Lake Michigan’s water levels and the wind. Both type of beaches are perfect for experiencing the natural beauty of the Northern Door Peninsula.  Parking Lot 3 provides central access to the shoreline and other facilities.

Door Bluff Headlands County Park

Door Bluff Headlands County Park is the most northerly and largest county park. Popular with adventurers who are comfortable hiking in rustic conditions on unmarked, unimproved trails through woods and Niagara Escarpment rock outcroppings. There are stunning views of Hedgehog Harbor and Green Bay though the trees. Sturdy shoes, a walking stick, and a phone …

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Ellison Bay Community Park

Family fun awaits at Ellison Bay Community Park where there’s a charming sand beach, perfect for relaxing or building sandcastles and swimming in the calm waters of Ellison Bay. Other amenities include a playground, picnic area, and a covered gazebo. This park also has tennis courts, pier fishing, and a silent water sport launch. The …

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Ellison Bluff County Park

For some of the most spectacular views of the Bay of Green Bay that Door County Coastal Byway has to offer, visit the 174-acre Ellison Bluff County Park where a wooden walkway leads to the overlook built near the edge of a sheer, 100-foot Niagara Escarpment limestone bluff. (There is no access to the shore …

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Grandview Overlook & Park

Situated atop of a high Niagara Escarpment bluff, Grandview Park, a local favorite, showcases the radiant waters of the Bay of Green Bay along with majestic bluff views from two nearby county parks. The verdant greens of spring and summer, the blazing fall colors, and the glistening snow all contribute to a view that is …

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