Category: Bike, Run, Hike

  • 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 […]

  • Tri This: Door County Triathlon Returns in July

    A year after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 Door County Triathlon, race director Sean Ryan is hopeful that triathletes will step up to the starting line again July 17 and 18.  “I’m feeling some level of optimism that the worst is behind us,” Ryan said. “I’m confident we can conduct the event live and […]

  • Explore The Ridges Sanctuary through Guided Hikes

    Naturalist-guided hikes are back at The Ridges Sanctuary (, offered Monday-Friday, 10 am, through Aug. 28. Prepare to learn all about the rich cultural and natural history of the sanctuary. Appel’s Bluff guided hikes are offered monthly on the first and third Wednesdays, 1 pm, to explore this varied landscape, which features ledges, a hardwood […]

  • Starting Line in Sight for Triathlon

    A year after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 Door County Triathlon, race director Sean Ryan is hopeful that triathletes will step up to the starting line again July 17 and 18.  “I’m feeling some level of optimism that the worst is behind us,” Ryan said. “I’m confident we can conduct the event live and […]

  • Hike This: The Ancient Shores Trail at Potawatomi State Park

    A short way into Potawatomi State Park, near the park’s store, lies the Ancient Shores Trail: a half-mile trek that takes hikers up and down along three ancient shorelines.  This is a great hike for families with children because of its short length, wide paths and the educational content along the trail, which identifies plant […]

  • Crossroads Has Big Plans for Global Big Day

    Spend part of Global Big Day – May 8 – at Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.  Start with a 7 am bird hike at Ida Bay Preserve to look for birds of all kinds. Participants should take binoculars if they have them and meet at the parking lot at the intersection […]

  • Hike This: The Black Trail at Whitefish Dunes State Park

    Whitefish Dunes State Park has a number of intersecting trails that offer a diverse cross section of ecosystems. The Black Trail shares a portion of its length with the Brachiopod Trail, taking hikers from a rocky shoreline with a glimpse of the water to dense hardwood forests. This is an excellent hike for beginners because […]

  • Docent-Led Hiking Tours Begin at The Clearing Folk School

    The Clearing Folk School is again offering free, docent-led, interpretive hiking tours that cover the 86-year history, folklore and landscape of the school and its 128-acre property; and visit the historic campus area of the property.  The hikes last about two hours. They begin at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in […]

  • Hike This: Fish Creek Park

    Although tens of thousands of people head to Peninsula State Park each year to hike its many trails, far fewer ever notice the park that sits across from the state park’s entrance. Fish Creek Park offers 27 wooded acres, the small creek that gives the village its name and two trail loops: the Butterfly Loop […]

  • Hike This: A Feeling of Nostalgia on the Sugarbush Trail

    A logging site during the 1800s, then used for maple sugaring until the 1980s, this one-mile hike is tucked away at the dead end north of the entrance to Newport State Park. It starts in a sparse portion of the woods, then takes hikers deep into a denser hardwood forest. Although nature has reclaimed any […]

  • Hike This: Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve

    The Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve is 160 acres of protected Door County Land Trust property just south of town in Egg Harbor. This short hike provides an excellent look at the Niagara Escarpment, and even in the early springtime, it’s a wonderful spot to see and hear birds after a long winter. Wide, level paths […]

  • Peninsula Century Registration Now Open

    Registration for the Peninsula Century Spring Classic ride, June 19, is now open. The 33rd edition of the ride will feature four routes – 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles – that weave through Northern Door’s beautiful back roads, along the shoreline and past iconic landmarks. Riders will save $20 off day-of ride fees when registering by […]