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Newport State Park
475 County Highway NP
Ellison Bay WI 54210

Newport State Park Current conditions

Hiking trails

Trails and campsites are in good shape, except for Fern Trail and parts of Europe Bay trail, which are currently under water. Alternate routes are available.

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.


With warmer temperatures in northern Door County, the spring wildflowers and trees are putting on a show.

Because of our cooler climate, there’s a few spring beauty flowers still around. Ramps can still be found in the woods. Clintonia is starting to bud out, and several violet species are blooming, including the threatened long spur violet. Also spotted recently are gay wings, dwarf lake iris, bellwort and columbine. Yellow lady slipper orchids are starting to bud. The trillium are in full bloom, making the woods a magical place.

There have been reports of many bird sightings as migrating birds move through. Visitors have seen many kinds of warblers, Baltimore orioles, rose breasted grosbeaks, hummingbirds, indigo bunting, pelicans, mergansers, eagles, turkey vultures, bluebirds, phoebes and woodcocks. Our local woodpeckers have been putting on a show at our feeders near the nature center, particularly the pileated woodpeckers. There is a red headed woodpecker visiting daily too. Porcupines have been seen as well as coyotes. Western fox snakes seem large for this time of year, as many startled visitors can attest to!


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: Wednesday June 05 2019