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Potawatomi State Park Trail descriptions

Hiking Ancient Shores trail (0.5 miles)

Educational signs on this trail highlight the three ancient shorelines and various plants and animals along the trail. The trail begins by the Nature Center and park store.

Hiking Ice Age Trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail (2.8 miles)

The eastern trail head of the Ice Age Trail is in Potawatomi State Park near the observation tower. The Ice Age Trail is a 1,000-mile National Scenic Trail which winds along the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

Autumn Trail
Hemlocks, sugar maples, aspen and birch trees show off their color in autumn.
Photo © Wisconsin Department of Tourism

You can begin or end your 1,000-mile trek on the Ice Age Trail at Potawatomi or take a more leisurely day hike on the 2.8-mile segment within the park. The Ice Age Trail exits the park off Shoreline Road and continues into the town of Sturgeon Bay.

Hiking Hemlock trail (2.6 miles)

The Hemlock Trail begins at Parking Lot 2 in the picnic area. Rest rooms and drinking water are available at the trailhead. The trail passes along the Green Bay shoreline, campground and through the interior of the park.

Hiking Tower trail (3.6 miles)

This trail takes you to the 75-foot observation tower on the highest bluff in the park. If you climb to the top of the tower you will be 225 feet above the waters of Green Bay. Rest rooms are at the base of the tower. The trail loops through the park and also goes through the campground. Parking for the trail is available at the tower and the old ski hill overlook.

Bicycling Off-road bike trails (8.0 miles)

Off-road bike trails travel eight miles through the park on varying terrain. Parking for the trails is available in Parking Lot 1 near the picnic areas along the shoreline. Bicycle rentals are available at the park. Visitors can also bike on any of the park's roads.

Cross-country skiing Cross-country ski trails (8.5 miles)

There are four different loops in the park for cross-country skiers totaling about 8.5 miles. All the trails begin near the picnic area shelter. Drinking water and toilets are available near the start of the trails and in the campground. Pets are not allowed on the ski trails.

Snowmobiling Snowmobile trails (8.0 miles)

Potawatomi offers about eight miles of snowmobile trails that connect with Door County snowmobile trails on the west and south park boundaries. Snowmobile parking is available at the park office. The Door Drifters Snowmobile Club grooms the park's trails.

Last revised: Monday November 11 2013