Potawatomi State Park

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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Potawatomi State Park is located in a peculiar geographical position at the inlet of Sturgeon Bay that cuts off Door County from the mainland of Wisconsin. An observation tower at the northern end of the park yields spectacular views of Sawyer Harbor and the sandstone bluffs leading from the forest down to the waters of Sturgeon Bay. The forest is made up of a hardwood mix of birch, hemlock and maple. The vegetation on the forest floor is always at a minimal height and never grows over the trail. The park itself is named for the Potawatomi Indians who once inhabited the surrounding area. The tribe held all of Door County, including the main villages on the islands at the tip of the peninsula, Rock Island being the main trade center. The name Potawatomi means “keepers of the fire.” Elevation Change: The trail is flat throughout, other than a climb at the trailhead to get to the top of the bluff. The climb covers no more than 30 feet of elevation.
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Mountain Biking Wisconsin

by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

Potawatomi State Park is located in a peculiar geographical position at the inlet of Sturgeon Bay that cuts off Door County from the mainland of Wisconsin. An observation tower at the northern end of the park yields spectacular views of Sawyer Harbor and the sandstone bluffs leading from the forest down to the waters of Sturgeon Bay. The forest is made up of a hardwood mix of birch, hemlock and maple.

The vegetation on the forest floor is always at a minimal height and never grows over the trail. The park itself is named for the Potawatomi Indians who once inhabited the surrounding area. The tribe held all of Door County, including the main villages on the islands at the tip of the peninsula, Rock Island being the main trade center. The name Potawatomi means “keepers of the fire.” Elevation Change: The trail is flat throughout, other than a climb at the trailhead to get to the top of the bluff. The climb covers no more than 30 feet of elevation.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sturgeon Bay
Distance: 5.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Open April 15 to November 15. The trails are open only to skiers after the first snowfall. The trails play be closed after heavy rainstorms, so calling ahead is a good idea. The trail is mostly on higher ground but can still become saturated.
Local Contacts: Door County Chamber of Commerce 414-743-4456, Peninsula State Park 414-868-3258, Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5 minute quad for Sturgeon Bay West.
Driving Directions: Directions to Potawatomi State Park

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