The Tower Trail In Wisconsin That Leads You Straight To An Abandoned 1940s Ski Hill
When you think about a Door County getaway, you probably aren’t envisioning gliding down a beautiful ski hill. The county does have some nice ice rinks, cross-country ski trails, and some snowmobile trails. But ski hills? Not a one. This wasn’t always the case, and Door County used to be home to a couple of nice, if small, ski hills. A scenic hike in Sturgeon Bay will take you back to one of the old hills, and it offers one of the best views in Door County. You just take the Tower Trail loop, a 3.9-mile hike that leads you to an abandoned ski hill in Wisconsin.
When you’re done with your hike, check out what else there is to do in Sturgeon Bay, courtesy of the Discover Wisconsin YouTube channel.
The trail is a little rocky, and there are roots, so walk carefully. Also, be on the lookout for poison ivy in the summer. But the trail is very tranquil and a good place to experience some serenity in Door County. Learn more about hiking in the park on the Potawatomi State Park website.
Door County has some incredible state parks – one has some of the best starry skies in the world. You can see more pictures of the Tower Trail Loop on AllTrails, and if you’re planning on a lot of hiking in the near future, you might want to subscribe to AllTrails Plus. This premium app offers a lot of benefits for hikers, like downloadable trail maps that can be used in remote areas with poor cell service.
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- Lion's Den Nature Preserve is located in Grafton and features some of the best views in the entire state. It's a 73-acre park that contains woodlands, lake bluffs, and wetlands that make it a fascinating ecological gem. Lion's Den Trail is the most popular way to see this area, and this three-mile loop trail has an easy terrain that makes it suitable for all ages. It's even dog-friendly, as long as fido is on a leash.
- Kohler-Andrae State Park is a popular park located just south of Sheboygan, and it's a complex combo of two state parks that were merged and managed together. It's also home to what might be the best beach in Wisconsin, complete with a beautiful boardwalk hike. The area here was never developed because it was too sandy, and it's visitors who get the benefit now that's it's been transformed into a unique slice of the tropics.