A highlight of any fall trip to Door County is exploring some of the spectacular natural wonders found on the peninsula. A fall hike around Door County will spark your adventurous spirit. I say, “Do it!”

Cave Point County Park-As a county park, Cave Point is often overlooked by those traveling to Door County each year. However, this natural gem along the eastern shore is absolutely worth the trip.

Door Bluff Headlands Park-The Door Bluff, also known as the Headlands, is near Gills Rock on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula. The topography is unique in structure and a rare formation in the United States.

The Ridges Sanctuary-Hike more than five miles of winding trails through this preserve, recognized as a National Natural Landmark. It consists of 30 narrow, crescent-shaped sandy ridges, and each one took an average of 30 to 50 years to form.

Ellison Bluff State Natural Area -This hidden park includes a gorgeous drive down a three-quarter-mile road. The drive alone is worth the trip, but in addition, when you get to the parking lot, you’ll find some of the most beautiful blufftop views in the county. Ellison Bluff offers a wooden observation deck over the edge of a sheer 100-foot limestone cliff.

Whitefish Dunes State Park & State Natural Area-Adjacent to Cave Point County Park, Whitefish preserves the largest and most significant sand dunes in Wisconsin. Check out “Old Baldy,” which rises 93 feet above lake level and is the highest sand dune in the state. Stroll along the sandy lakefront or hike 14.5 miles of trails, including a boardwalk through the wetlands.

Travel off the beaten path and discover what’s out there – you’ll be glad you did, and even more content to know that when you stay at Birchwood Lodge in (Sister Bay, 866-854-7195 or www.birchwoodlodge.com) you’re only a short drive from the wonders here. See you out on the trails!

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