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Climbing Tower Trail rewards hikers with panoramic views extending 16 miles across Green Bay to Menomonee, Michigan, and Chambers Island, 20 miles to the northeast.

Tower Trail explores the northwest area of the park beginning from the privately operated downhill ski area. Views of Green Bay and the rolling countryside of Door County greet hikers as they make the trek along the park's highest bluff reaching a 75-foot high observation tower. Climbing the tower rewards hikers with panoramic views extending 16 miles across Green Bay to Menomonee, Michigan, and Chambers Island, 20 miles to the northeast. It is understandable why this is the park's most popular trail, particularly at sunsets. Another bonus of the trail is the relaxing view of canoeists and casual anglers enjoying the calm Sawyer Bay waters. As the trail descends through a dense cedar forest, give ear to the occasional call of the pine siskin, a sparrow-like perching bird making a distinctive rising "bzzzzt" sound.

Note: From the observation tower to Duluth Avenue is a designated segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Drinking water and restrooms are available at the trailhead.

Directions: From Sturgeon Bay, WI, At Hwys. 42 and 57, head north on Park Drive for 2.4 miles to the park entrance. The trail starts along Shore Road north of the campgrounds at the downhill ski area.

Elevation: 650 feet

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

 
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