Newport State Park

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Newport State Park

Newport State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Other than perhaps Rock Island, this is the quietest of Door County’s excellent state parks.Two of the park’s several trails combine to make a sort of dumbbell trek through pristine forest with occasional Lake Michigan shoreline views and access. When it comes to finding a long walk along the state’s Lake Michigan shore, this route is in the running for top honors.

Newport State Park gets a thumbs up for its size, with its 11 miles of shoreline and 20 miles of trail. Best of all, this place has ambiance. The shoreline is a quiet one, and the forest is a notable beauty. Development at the park is minimal and likely to stay that way; the area has semi-wilderness status. This hike’s route takes you first to Newport’s north end, back past the trailhead, and then to the park’s southern part."

More Newport State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"Newport State Park, at the northern tip of Door County, is one of the quieter sections of the peninsula. Most of the human traffic is confined to the western side of the Door County peninsula where the majority of the resorts, shops, and restaurants exist. The eastern side, where Newport is located, is a world unto its own, with forests and farmlands the chief attractions. As for mountain biking at Newport, the trails are fast but uneventful. The trails explored here cover 8.75 miles and should take beginners an hour and fifteen minutes and advanced riders as little as half an hour. Other than avoiding a few roots that run across the trail, no technical maneuvers are necessary to master the course.

There are no climbs either. The winning point on this trail is the tread, which is consistently hard and smooth. On some of the longer stretches it is easy to see far enough down the trail to really open it up without fear of running down an innocent pedestrian. All the trails are wide enough to handle two-way traffic. An old, arched wood and stone gate is an interesting landmark to watch for at the head of the Hotz Trail. The entire area is set in a scenic hardwood forest that runs right to the edge of Lake Michigan. Elevation Change: There are two climbs which amount to no more than 20 feet of elevation."

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Spent the night in a campsite on Duck Cove(?). very chjilly. The full loop is beautiful and very quiet. Saw only 3 people while on the Europe loop trail. The movement from lake shore to forest is beautiful. A fairly easy walk but LONG. Only wildlife other than shore birds was a wild turkey and porcupines at the camp.

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Trail Information

Ellison Bay
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
April - October
Newport State Park, 475 CR NP, Ellison Bay, 54210; (920) 854-2500; http://
Local Contacts
USGS Spider Island, Washington Island SW; Newport State Park trail map
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