Hiking Newport State Park

Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Featuring 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 30 miles of foot trails, and 14 rustic backpacker's campsites, Newport State Park is hiker heaven. Newport State Park is Wisconsin's only designated wilderness park. It also is adjacent to the expansive Mink River Estuary which features its own unofficial (though well traveled) trails and prime kayaking.

The winter season offers opportunities to cross country ski on groomed trails or snowshoe hike if the snow becomes deep enough. The icy shoreline becomes an alien landscape and is best hiked with icetrekkers or crampons, and trekking poles.





Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI


HIKING:



Hiking in Newport State Park is mostly on flat and easy trails. Your walk will be mainly on single track footpaths through dense cedar forest along the shorelines. The recommended day hike is along the Europe Bay trail beginning and ending at the beach parking lot. This is a 7 mile round trip and will take approximately 3 hours.



CAMPING:



Campsites are all rustic hiking sites. They include a fire ring, bench, and pit toilet. You can reserve these sites ahead of time or claim them at arrival. The most popular site is #16. But 12, 14, and 15 are also often selected. All sites open for winter camping as well.

SEA KAYAKING:



Sea Kayaking is popular in the adjacent Mink River Estuary Natural Area. You can put in at the beach parking lot and make a three hour round trip into the estuary with stops at the Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuge. Rent a kayak in Sister Bay at Door County Kayak Rentals: $60 a day for a tandem kayak.


Directions and Trail Map




Address for your GPS: 475 County Highway NP Ellison Bay, WI 54210
| coordinates: 45.234571, -86.998640 |

From Milwaukee3.5 Hours
From Madison4 Hours
From Green Bay1.5 Hours
From Wausau3 Hours
From Minneapolis6 Hours
From Chicago5 Hours


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Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI

Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI

Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI

Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI

Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI
Europe Bay Trail - Newport State Park WI



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