Category: Bike, Run, Hike

  • Hike for the Health of It

    Have you ever wanted to explore the Door County Land Trust properties but didn’t know where to start? Join a volunteer leader and other community members in the Hike for Health program through United Way’s Healthy Door County initiative. This is the first exercise-related program that Healthy Door County has launched, said Shauna Blackledge, the […]

  • Staying on Pace: Door County Half Marathon

    Runners don’t have to go it alone at the Door County Half Marathon. Krista Eliot, wife of founder David Eliot, has been leading the pace team since 2013, helping guide runners to a successful finish.  Eliot, a veteran of 40 marathons and both the New Balance and Nike pace teams, says her goal is simple.  […]

  • Clearing’s Docent-Led Hikes Continue Through October

    The 87-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subjects of free, two-hour, interpretive hiking tours to the historical campus and buildings led by volunteer docents on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. They begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. […]

  • Weeks 5, 6 and 7 of the Trails of Newport State Park Challenge

    Bay Views and Forest Escapes This week’s installment of the Trails of Newport State Park Challenge covers three trails: Sand Cove/Duck Bay, Lynd Point and the east side of the Newport/Ridges Trail.  While exploring these three, I did come across more wildlife, so don’t be startled if you see animals. Birds, squirrels and other creatures […]

  • A Guide to Door County’s Favorite Beaches: Part 1

    Door County has beaches galore, each with its own claim to fame in waterfront fun, and catering to the different kinds of visitors: swimmers, sunseekers and even furry, four-legged pals. Before planning your next beach day, check this first installment of featured beaches to see which activities and features make them stand out from the […]


    Volunteers of all ages are invited to join the Habitat Healers: a weekly land-restoration effort at Crossroads at Big Creek. The group will meet next on June 4, 9:30-11:30 am. Instruction, equipment, gloves, cookies and lemonade are all provided. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing that can get dirty and wet.  Then celebrate National Trails Day […]

  • Hiking with Kids in Door County

    I’m only a couple of years into the whole parenting thing, but the other evening I experienced a moment that assured me that for all the things I may get wrong, I’ve been doing something right. As we drove past Peninsula State Park, my 2-½-year-old son, Jack, asked eagerly from the back seat, “Mama? We […]

  • Get Lost in the Woods

    Explore Door County for National Trails Day Coming home with muddy boots isn’t usually a good thing, but even the cold rain couldn’t dim the rejuvenation I experienced recently while out on the trails. Door County has trails in every corner: in state and county parks, nature sanctuaries, Door County Land Trust properties and state […]

  • Island Farm and Field Bike Tour

    Gathering Ground is hosting its second annual Farm and Field bike tour June 26, 9:30 am – 2 pm. The tour will feature an approximately 10-mile route to seven farms on Washington Island: Island Harvest Farm, Gathering Ground, Riola Shorthorn, Hoot Blossom Farm, Sweet Mountain Farm, Island Cider and Birchwood.  The farm owners or volunteers […]


    Observe Memorial Day weekend at Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Saturday Science will meet May 28, 2 pm, when families can learn how to recognize some of the county’s common fossils with a free fossil chart and, if weather permits, by going on a fossil hunt outdoors. Meet at […]

  • Welcome Back, Blossom Run

    Last weekend’s Door County Half Marathon kicked off the community’s road-race season, which, mostly, has been on hiatus for the past two years. The Door County YMCA Blossom Run is another that’s returning to an in-person event when runners step up to the start line May 14 at Harbor View Park in Egg Harbor.  “The […]

  • Rekindling Joy: How 2021 Half Marathon Winner Fell Back in Love with Running

    Relena Ribbons’ competitive streak started young. “My mom would like to take credit for signing me up for a diaper derby when I was a baby,” Ribbons said. “I won.” Fast-forward some 34 years, when Ribbons was the first woman to cross the finish line of the 2021 Door County Half Marathon – the first […]

  • Running for the Health of It

    Strengthen your mind through running Brian Stephens doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to leading an active lifestyle. He walks the walk. Or, in this case, he runs the run. On Saturday, May 7, Stephens will join 1,277 fellow runners at the starting line of the Door County Half Marathon. And though he […]


    As a 35-plus-year highlight of the annual Jacksonport Maifest weekend, the Jacksonport Lake to Lake 10K and two-mile run/walk will be part of this year’s festival. Both races will start (and finish) at Lakeside Park on May 29, starting at 9 am. It’s a fun family event that brings the community together. T-shirts are guaranteed […]


    The Clearing Folk School is offering free, docent-led hikes covering the 86-year history, folklore and landscape of the school and its 128-acre property. The roughly two-hour hikes begin at 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 1 and run through the end of October. Find specific tour dates at Tours start at the […]


    Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, for fun and educational activities this week. Habitat Healers will meet again April 30, 9:30-11:30 am, when volunteers of all ages are invited to help with land-restoration efforts. Instruction, equipment, gloves, cookies and lemonade will be provided. Wear clothing that can get dirty […]

  • Earn Your Medal at the Half Marathon

    The medals for the 2022 Door County Half Marathon have arrived, and volunteers will be working hard during the next two weeks to prepare to put them around the necks of finishers. The race will return to Peninsula State Park on May 7 and features both 13.1-mile and 3.1-mile distances along a closed-road course in […]

  • Hey Hey, You – Let’s Run!

    Sign up for the Hey Hey 5K in May to save Are you looking for a fun run to kick off a beautiful fall Saturday in Door County? Sign up now for the Sept. 24 Hey Hey 5K in Baileys Harbor.  The race has become an annual tradition as part of Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest, when […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Making Better Streets with CityBeautiful’s Dave Amos

    For five years, Cal Poly professor Dave Amos has been making complex planning and zoning topics interesting – even fun – through his YouTube channel, CityBeautiful. The Sturgeon Bay native and Sturgeon Bay High School graduate of the Class of 2001 has earned a large following for his expertise on creating better cities for all […]


    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? That age-old question may not be answered, but Crossroads at Big Creek will be celebrating all things eggs (and chickens) April 16 with three egg-focused programs. The family favorite EGGStravaganza will kick off the lineup at 10 am, when learners will crack, break, throw and drop eggs […]