Ahnapee State Trail is a trail that runs nearly fifty miles through the counties of Door and Kewaunee in eastern Wisconsin. The crushed-limestone trail follows the Ahnapee and Kewaunee Rivers, and it passes through evergreen woodlands, farmlands, and plains, providing a survey of the various environments native to the north-central United States. Its beautiful setting, well-maintained state, and impressive length make the trail a prime location to explore with your dog!
Ahnapee State Trail is a point-to-point trail, and its endpoints lie in downtown Sturgeon Bay and Kewaunee. These are nice locations in their own right — Sturgeon Bay in particular is a nice town to visit with small shops and restaurants. If you take the trail ten miles from Sturgeon Bay, you will arrive in Forestville, where you can find restrooms at the connecting Forestville Dam County Park. Continue on along the beautiful Ahnapee River and you’ll pass a beautiful natural landscape and encounter a few areas where there are pleasant detours available, like Crescent Beach, which has a nice boardwalk, and Bruemmer Park in Kewaunee.
The trail is taken care of by the local community, but note that there are limited restrooms available — you’ll have to stop by one of the connecting parks or towns. The same goes for drinking water; there are no water fountains along the trail, so you’ll have to bring your own. Also note that this trail is open for equestrian use, so you might encounter horses while you are walking.
As always, make sure that you follow the trail’s guidelines for use (and common etiquette). There are no waste bags provided, so you will have to bring some to clean up after your canine companion. Also make sure that your dog stays leashed at all times.
Ahnapee State Trail is one of the highlights of eastern Wisconsin; come visit and you will find out why!