Hiking the Ice Age Trail in Door County

enjoying a family hike on the ice age trail

sturgeon bay is an ice age trail community

Sturgeon Bay is a new Ice Age Trail Community!  

Sturgeon Bay’s Potawatomi State Park is the Ice Age Trail’s Eastern Terminus and represents some of the most visually stunning segments of the renowned trail.

Sturgeon Bay is also a proud member of the Ice Age Trail Community with close ties to the Ice Age Trail Alliance and select communities along the 1,200 mile trail.

Download the Sturgeon Bay Segment Guide (PDF)

What is the Ice Age Trail?

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights these landscape features as it travels through some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails.

About the Sturgeon Bay Segment of the Ice Age Trail

Heading eastbound towards the terminus in Potawatomi State Park, the segment starts  in Maplewood  with a rail-trail hike  along a section shared with the Ahnapee State Trail, transitions into an urban hike through a city with a rich cultural history, then finishes with a quiet, forested trek through a state park.

Ice Age Trail Access and Parking


From Sturgeon Bay, take STH-42 south 9.0 mi to CTH-H in Maplewood. Park in the parking area just north of CTH-H on the west side of STH-42.

Ice Age Trail Eastern Terminus in Potawatomi State Park

From Sturgeon Bay take STH-57/42 southwest to CTH-PD (Park Dr.). Turn right and go north 2.4 mi to Potawatomi State Park (PSP). Follow the park’s entrance drive (N. Norway Rd.) 3.5 mi to the Ice Age Trail eastern terminus at the observation tower. Short-term parking for tower access only. For day-hiking and overnight parking, park at the Ice Age Trail long-term parking area at the old ski hill, located 3.3 mi from the main entrance. An un-blazed spur trail leads from the parking area to the Ice Age Trail at the observation tower.

Additional Parking

  • S. Neenah Ave. Ahnapee/Ice Age Trail access parking area
  • Cherry Blossom Park
  • Bayview Park
  • Otumba Park
  • Duluth Ave
  • Roadside parking
  • Potawatomi State Park parking areas along Shoreline Road