Category: Bike, Run, Hike

  • Words in the Woods Debuts at Crossroads

    For three Friday nights this month, Crossroads at Big Creek will be alive with songs and stories during Words in the Woods. The inaugural event will be held July 16. Take a self-guided hike on the Habitat Trails, then gather at 7:30 pm at the outdoor amphitheater for a short presentation by a naturalist, some […]

  • Bike This: Rowleys Bay Loop at Newport State Park

    Biking is the perfect way to tackle a lengthier trail without taking the entire afternoon – so you can include time for a picnic stop – and Newport State Park offers a quiet, immersive cycling experience. The Rowleys Bay Loop starts across from the visitor center at the park’s first parking lot. You’re immediately introduced […]

  • The Backroads Bicycle Club

    Still riding – with a little e-sist There’s probably not another bicycle club in the country that got its start next to a pool at a YMCA, but that’s where Ann Lynaugh had the idea 22 years ago.  During her spare moments between lifeguarding and teaching swimming, she was trying to think of an activity […]

  • Crossroads Offers Hikes, Programs for Families

    Crossroads at Big Creek continues its summer programming for families. Habitat Healers will meet July 10, 9:30-11:30 am; and July 13, 6:30-8 pm. Volunteers of all ages may help with the land-restoration efforts, and instruction will be given.  Join Crossroads’ summer intern, Megan Hart, on July 10, 1 pm; and July 15, 10 am, for […]

  • Eagle Tower Offers More Accessibility and New Experiences

    When I visited Peninsula State Park for the first time in the summer of 2015, my parents were excited to show my sister and me the famous Eagle Tower. They recalled how a hike up the tower revealed a brilliant, panoramic view of the park and the islands across the bay. After a winding drive […]

  • Cases of Tickborne Illnesses on the Rise in Recent Weeks

    Door County Public Health issued a press release late afternoon June 29 regarding tickborne illnesses in Door County. Read the full release below. Ticks are currently active in Wisconsin, and in recent weeks, there have been a higher than average number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks reported to Door County Public Health. In […]

  • Hybrid Hairpin 5K Run/Walk Set for July 4

    Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) will host the July 4 Hairpin 5K Run/Walk both in person and virtually this year. With safety in mind for the many individuals and families that do the run, FOG is offering flexible options for participating and submitting times. “There’s so many unpredictable things, so if people decide they want to […]

  • Inaugural Farm and Field Bike Tour on Washington Island

    Gathering Ground will host its first Farm and Field Bike Tour on June 27. During this family-friendly ride of about 14 miles, riders will enjoy Washington Island’s rural beauty while learning about its agricultural projects. With tours of Island Orchard Cider’s orchard; Sweet Mountain Farm’s bee farm; Gathering Ground’s orchards, vineyards and grazing sheep; and […]

  • Hike This: Break In Your Hiking Gear on the Minnehaha Trail

    Seven years ago this week, my husband and I thru-hiked the River-to-River Trail, a 160-mile trail that winds and climbs through the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.  Although we were avid campers and day hikers, we had never thru-hiked or taken much gear prior to this experience. We laugh at the memory of driving […]

  • Back in the Saddle

    The Peninsula Century Spring Classic returns After a yearlong hiatus, cyclists will hit the pavement June 19 for the 2021 Peninsula Century Spring Classic – the only spring century ride through the Door County landscape. “We’re excited,” said ride director Brian Fitzgerald. “We’re on pace to have very similar numbers to 2019. Given everything that’s […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Returns in Person with Hybrid Options

    When COVID-19 started to change the road-race scene as runners had known it, race organizers got creative, employing staggered starts, capped entries and virtual runs. The Crossroads Trail Run/Walk was no exception.  “Last year, because of COVID, [the race] was done completely virtual,” said Laurel Hauser, Crossroads at Big Creek’s executive director. “Participants ran their […]

  • Crossroads Is All about Hikes

    Eager to hike? There are plenty of options at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Join the Habitat Creek Trail hike for about an hour on June 18, 1 pm. The water is low this summer, so hikers on this 1.3-mile loop will be able to see some of the geological […]

  • Hike This: A Learning Experience at The Ridges Sanctuary

    Wandering along trail after trail last year was a nice way to get to know the great hikes of the county, but now that group hikes are returning, guided hikes offer a more educational experience. Although there’s a variety of terrains throughout The Ridges Sanctuary, it’s hard to get lost here – just walk parallel […]

  • 24 Miles a Day

    Nate Bell’s biking journey may improve road conditions for all cyclists Being stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic gave many people more downtime than ever before. Some used that time to improve their cooking skills. Others baked. Some covered their dining room table in jigsaw puzzles.  And then there were those who used the […]

  • Ride Door County’s Spring Century June 19

    There’s still time to register for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic to ride Door County on Saturday, June 19. Choose from routes of 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles that explore some of the most scenic byways on the peninsula.  Register at through Thursday, June 17; in person at packet pickup on Friday, June […]

  • Hike This: Judy Abert Meissner Memorial Wetlands Preserve

    Tucked away on the southern side of the road, about halfway along South Highland Road in Gibraltar, sits the Judy Abert Meissner Memorial Wetlands Preserve. The small, grassy parking area and information sign are easy to miss if you’re not actively looking for this inconspicuous locale. I must have driven past it a hundred times […]

  • Hike This: The Whitefish Creek Spur Trail

    One of my favorite parts of hiking in Whitefish Dunes is how the trails connect throughout the park. Last week I featured the Red Pine Trail, which is a relatively short loop that’s accessible from the first parking lot off Clark Lake Road.  The Red Pine Trail links up with the Yellow Trail – a more […]

  • Runners Tighten Their Laces for In-Person Races

    The year of virtual races is finally coming to an end. Runners will get to step to the starting line in person for the first time in Door County this Saturday at the Jacksonport Lake-to-Lake 10K and two-mile run/walk. The event marks the first in-person road race in the county since COVID-19 caused a yearlong […]

  • Resurfaced Meadow Trail Will Aid Crossroads Trail Run

    Meadow Trail at Crossroads at Big Creek – its oldest and most-used hiking trail – has been resurfaced thanks to generous support from Cellcom Green Gifts, the United Way Foundation, the Raibrook Foundation, Zion United Methodist Church and the Friends of Crossroads.  The trail was created and surfaced more than 20 years ago, and now it’s […]

  • Hike This: A Quick Jaunt through the Red Pine Trail

    Located at the first parking spot off Clark Lake Road, this short loop moves hikers quickly through a pine plantation, and its educational signage makes it a perfect hike for families with young children. It also connects with the Yellow Trail at its midway point, so it’s a great access point to connect with several […]