Hiking Peninsula State Park

Often at meals a knock on the plate,
The counselor stands and commences to state
“Good-day for a hike, come on girls let’s go;
Much better to hike than attempt to row.”
So off we go for a jolly good walk,
And as we tramp, we talk, talk, talk!

In all sorts of weather, let’s hike together, and so we do at Camp Meenahga. Each one is initiated to the beauty of the Fish Creek region by seeing the Bay and its leafy isles, from the summit of the “Tower.”

This is a miniature mountain climb – and it is true that the trail to the “Tower” does remind one of the trails and woods of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Often we hike to the Light House and we like to go via the “Sunset Trail” which is enjoyed at its best in the late afternoon, when the boom of the waves speaks with you, and the lights and shadows which the low sun cast over the cedars and balsams delights you.

We go a-hiking to sandy “Shanty Bay” where we take a refreshing swim, and enjoy the “wheelbarrow” races or play “tag” on the sandy beach. And then hike homeward carrying our wet bathing suits behind us, and shooting “Muskites” afore us.

We hike to cherry orchards and pick (and eat) the world famed cherries of Door County. The wages earned are cheerfully turned over to the camp Red Cross. We hike with cups and paints to a wondrous raspberry patch which only we and the bears know. We fill the pain to the brim and are rewarded with a fresh raspberry sundae for dinner.

We cannot tell which trail we love the best but “Hemlocks” is one of the finest. We rest for a time on “Balsam Bench,” more to get the tree-top view of the Bay and Fish Creek neck than to rest. We never get our fill of this picture and with regret leave for the Devil’s Pulpit. We have been there several times, but have never found “Der Tenfel” on his job.

Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP) recently published The Nature of Peninsula: A Park Ecology Sampler. The 90-page book, with color photographs, features a variety of essays, poems, articles, and historical writings about the beloved Door County park.
This excerpt highlight the park’s inspiration for musing.

The Nature of Peninsula will be available at park headquarters and the nature center for $7.50. Mail orders are available for $10 (including shipping and handling). After recouping printing costs, remaining proceeds will be reinvested into future Peninsula Park educational publications.

For more information email Kathleen Harris at [email protected] or visit

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