For those of you who love the outdoors, Peninsula State Park is definitely a must-visit location. It is located in Door County, Wisconsin. Peninsula is filled with hiking trails, biking trails, campsites, swimming, wildlife and more. At the entrances to the state park are maps of the entire park and all of its features. I will cover some of the features below:
Peninsula State Park has a wide array of different hiking trails from as short as only 0.5 of a mile to 3.0 mile loops. The maps of the park give detailed information about the terrain and length of the trails, so it is incredibly easy to see what trail would suit you and your hiking party. I spent my time running on a couple of the trails that were easier terrain, so that is definitely an option for those who would prefer to do something other than walk. Pets are allowed as well, so do not hesitate to bring along your favorite companion.
Peninsula State Park has one trail specifically designed for biking called the Sunset Bike Trail. This 9.6 mile trail traverses all throughout the park, through the many different types of terrain. Also in the park are 12 miles of offroad trails for those who wish for a more rugged experience. Bikers are also welcome to bike on the roads as well, though there is some light traffic to be wary of. These trails are popular for avid bikers as well as families. For those who do not want to bring a bike all the way from home, there are a couple bike rental places right outside of the Fish Creek entrance to Peninsula State Park.
In Peninsula there are a variety of different campgrounds to choose from. My advice is to reserve your sites far in advance because summers in Door County are very busy. Many people will reserve there sites months ahead of time, so do not expect to walk up and score a campsite. It is definitely possible, and I have done it with the tent sites a few times and had no problems, but it has been a close call every time. Just call ahead and you will be good to go. The sites are very nice and spacious and there are trees galore so you’re not all up in your neighbor’s business.
One of the popular spots in Pen Park is Nicolet Beach, a shallow beach where you can swim, rent canoes and kayaks, enjoy ice cream and other snacks, and just relax and enjoy the scenery. The beach is fairly shallow and the water is very clear and a great temperature to swim in during the summer.
Peninsula State Park has so much to offer people of all ages and with all interests. There are many features that I have not mentioned but can easily be found on Peninsula State Park’s website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/peninsula/.
I hope you give Peninsula State Park a chance on your next Door County vacation!