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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions

Hiking trails

All trails are open and in good condition. One exception is Fern Trail, which sustained damage due to the very long and wet spring. Hiking is still an option, but we do not recommend using bikes, strollers or wheelchairs on the trail until boardwalks have been repaired.

Newport State Park is located along a rugged shoreline near the north east end of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. Designated a Wilderness Area by the Wisconsin DNR, it offers almost 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Through boreal forest, wooded uplands, meadows and 11 miles of shoreline, there is something for everyone.


It’s peak season up in Door County. Newport is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy all that our quiet, wilderness park has to offer. The weather is warm and the beaches are a busy place. As Lake Michigan levels continue to rise, our beach areas are shrinking. It is still a beautiful place to be, so don’t let that deter you from visiting.


See the DNR Newport Events Calendar for a complete list of events and naturalist programs at Newport State Park.

Night sky viewing

Newport has been designated as a Dark Sky Park from the International Dark-Sky Association, one of 18 in the United States and only the second one in the Midwest. See the Dark Sky website [exit DNR] for more information. If you are planning to come up to Newport to visit our dark sky park, it is always a good idea to come during the day to familiarize yourself with the viewing areas.

With a new moon June 3, it would be a great time to view the Milky Way at Wisconsin’s only dark sky park!


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

In keeping with the true wilderness experience, all park campsites are backpack-only sites. The park does not sell firewood, but campers are welcome to use any downed and dead wood in the park. All sites have a fire ring with adjustable grill, bench, lock box for your food items and a vault toilet in the area of the site. Campsites are in good shape.

Reservations are accepted May 1 – Oct. 31.

More information

The Newport Wilderness Society [exit DNR] is the Friends group of Newport State Park.

Last revised: Thursday July 18 2019