Category: Bike, Run, Hike

  • New Race Director for Crossroads Trail Run

    During the 12th annual Crossroads Trail Run, held June 19 at Crossroads at Big Creek, 293 runners from nine states participated, and $12,000 was raised to support Ski for Free, educational programming and Crossroads’ general fund. It was the most that this event has ever generated. Since the inaugural race in 2010, Gretchen Schmelzer has […]

  • Miller Wins Hey Hey 5k

    Ryan Miller of Fish Creek won the 6th edition of the Hey Hey 5k on Saturday, Sept. 25. Miller finished in 19:28, 33 seconds ahead of second-place Brady Nieman of Sturgeon Bay. Eric Biehr of Muskego took third. Raissa Ashman of Seymour paced the women in a time of 22:46, followed by Gemma Mrozinsky of […]

  • The Rules of the Road: Cyclists and drivers both need education

    It’s that time of year again when complaining about cyclists becomes one of Door County’s favorite pastimes. The animosity between drivers and cyclists is always there, but it reaches a peak in September, when two large cycling events take place in Door County. There’s the 3,000-person Door County Century Ride, which took place last weekend […]

  • It’s Not Too Late to Ride

    On-site registration is available for Peninsula Century Fall Challenge “You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin may have a point, but you still have two more chances to join the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge on Sept. 18. Register in person Friday, Sept. 17, 4-7 pm; or on race day, Sept. […]

  • Hike This: Lynd Point Fern Loop at Newport State Park

    The Lynd Point Fern Loop is the quintessential Newport State Park experience, with its gigantic trees, frequent terrain variations, ecological niches and rarely another trail-goer in sight. Although it doesn’t literally cover every corner of the park – something that the seven-mile Europe Bay Loop nearly achieves – the trail does serve as a condensed sample […]

  • Coming up at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek is starting a Junior Nature Club – on a trial basis – that will meet on Friday mornings, 10 am, at least through September. It will include a fall activity for children ages 3-5, their siblings and their parents. Nature in the garden will be the focus of the first session, Sept. 10.  […]

  • Bike This: Potawatomi State Park Roads

    A light rainstorm in a state park where trees provide some shelter against the elements may not deter the average hiker from proceeding with caution to trek through a trail. An off-road path that’s already laden with rocks and tree roots and beginning to get muddy, however, may not accommodate a cyclist’s tires, even when […]

  • Tag Monarchs at Crossroads

    Hike the 1.4-mile Field Trail at Crossroads at Big Creek on Sept. 2, 4 pm, during a time when the area is at its most colorful. The hike offers a floral kaleidoscope and expansive views with some gentle hills. Set your alarm early to join the naturalist for a bird hike Sept. 3, 7:30 am. […]

  • Hike This: Trails for Jogging Strollers

    As a distance runner, I prioritized one item on the baby registry for my first child as a “must-have”: a jogging stroller, and preferably one that could handle both paved roads and the rugged terrain found on several hiking trails throughout the county’s parks and natural areas.  The great thing about Door County’s outdoor amenities […]

  • Exploring Washington Island’s Natural Wonder

    For a place with only 125.5 square miles and all of that surrounded by water, Washington Island boasts an incredible variety of outdoor destinations to plan an entire day around. Once you’ve experienced popular attractions like Schoolhouse Beach or Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm, you can find the hidden gems of the island’s four nature preserves, […]

  • Hike This: Oak Road Nature Preserve

    Oak Road Nature Preserve almost hides in plain sight, so I nearly drove past the parking area – a lightly graveled spot of grass sectioned off by thin ropes just past the intersection of two roads. From that introduction, I sensed that this preserve would demonstrate how one need not drive far from a town to […]

  • Activities Galore at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Habitat Healers opportunities will continue Aug. 7, 9:30-11:30 am; and Aug. 10, 6:30-8 pm. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help with land-restoration efforts. Instruction, equipment, gloves, cookies and lemonade will be provided. Meet at the workshop/nursery. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will host a viewing night Aug. 7, 7 pm, when society […]

  • Hike This: Test Out Your Hiking Gear at the Lone Pine Trail

    Last month, I wrote about the Minnehaha Trail in Peninsula State Park. It’s no secret of a trail, with its western terminus located inside the popular Nicolet Bay campground and a route that wraps along the shoreline before connecting with the Eagle Trail at its eastern terminus. But what might not be as well known […]

  • Explore The Clearing during Interpretive Hikes

    The 86-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subjects of free, interpretive hikes to the historical campus and buildings led by volunteer docents on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. The two-hour hiking tours begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison […]

  • Continue Learning and Exploring at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will present this summer’s final Words in the Woods event July 30, 7:30 pm. Arrive early to hike on one of the Habitat Loop Trails, then gather at the outdoor amphitheater to hear a short talk about nature, Megan Lundahl reading the bedtime story Wild Mindfulness by Laura Larson, and songwriter/guitarist […]

  • Hike This: Trail Tramper’s Delight Offers a Break from the Sun

    This short and sweet trail provides shade at Peninsula State Park What is it exactly that makes a hike delightful for a “trail tramper”? Historically, it’s a shaded path that offers a break from the heat of the summer sun. The name for this particular Peninsula State Park path originated with hikers in the 1920s, […]

  • Hike the Hemlock Trail

    When people think about hiking in Peninsula State Park, Eagle Trail is usually the first trail that comes to mind. But lovers of the outdoors shouldn’t look past Hemlock Trail. This path winds through a white cedar forest and up the Niagara Escarpment to reveal stunning views of Green Bay and the Strawberry Islands.  Distance: […]

  • 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 […]