Peninsula State Park is one busy place if you have experienced summer in Door County, WI. However, for those of us who live in WI we know that after Labor Day attendance drops drastically with families back on school schedules and summer basically over. Although, with this being said….it’s still plenty busy just not as chaotic as in June, July, and August.
We just spent our first time camping in this state park this past weekend and honestly I am not sure why we waited so long to do so. It’s fairly close to our home(just over and hour) and has one of the best hiking trails in the area….Eagle Trail.
Rated as difficult I would have to say in Wisconsin standards they are correct. It’s a two mile loop with a steep decent to Eagle Harbor. Not handicap accessible in any way and small children will be able to do it with the guidance of an adult in some areas.
The trail itself goes from narrow to wide in many spots.
With rocks and tree roots making hiking challenging with those without good ankle/knee support.
My advise would be if you have trekking poles this would be a great trail to use them on.
Clearly you will be headed toward the waters edge and for 50% of the hike you will then follow the water until you start back up toward the starting point. Along this path there are many places to access the water for a toe dip, rest or even a swim if its warm enough.
At the half way point you will reach the often talked about sea caves. They are quite amazing and can offer some exploration if you are into this type of thing.
Continuing onward you will find some spots with wood planks placed by park rangers to cross over wet spots in the trail.
And eventually you will come to a V where it is well marked and directs you to which direction to head back to where you began.
Upon hiking upward toward the end you will come to the Eagle Panorama viewing area. Don’t pass this up since its a great view in all directions.
Then directly across the street you will see more signs guiding you to the continuance of the eagle trail. Follow this a little further to where you began.
All in all its a great hike.It took my husband and I about two hours total with plenty of time to explore the caves ourselves.
Give it a try if your ever in the Door County area and visit Peninsula State Park. To hike you will have to pay the park entrance fee or have an annual WI state park sticker on your vehicle.