Newport State Park is tucked away on the northern end of the Door Peninsula, right on the shore of Lake Michigan. It has a little bit of everything. Adventures seekers flock to this park for epic fun in the sun. Two legged guest can enjoy boating, fishing, stargazing, and even rock climbing!
With 30 miles of trails, this park certainly delivers when it comes to hiking. If your pup is up for a long hike, take the Europe Bay/ Hotz Loop Trail. Clocking in at seven miles, this trail explores the northern end of the park and passes Europe Lake. The five mile Newport Loop Trail meanders through the forests at the southern end of the park. For something a bit shorter, check out the Monarch or Ridge Trails.
Only backpack camping is available in the park, so if you want to stay the night be prepared to haul in your gear. The sites can be accessed via the park’s trails. Most of the camping sites are near the shore of the lake. But if you want a view of the water, try to arrive early to snag a prime spot.
Newport State Park has been officially designated as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, an honor bestowed upon only 18 parks in the country. Bring your telescopes or binoculars and enjoy the sights. Your four legged astronomer can curl up and relax under the starry night sky while you try to find some constellations.
Restrooms and drinking water are located near the parking area. Be sure to fill up your water bottles before heading off on a hike. Your doggo will definitely need a drink or two while out on the trail. Don’t forget to bring clean up bags and pick up whatever your pup puts down. This is one park your pup will want to return to again and again!