Hike Cave Point County Park
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Added by Cameron Cech
Located within Whitefish Dunes State Park, this is arguably the most scenic county park in Wisconsin. Offering the freedom to explore the park at one's own pace makes for a location you can spend all day at.
Cave Point County Park is 19 acres and it located adjacent to the much larger Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door County, WI. It has a small parking lot, restrooms, and an out-and-back trail. The parking lot is located near the southern end of the park.
The fractured rock bluffs lining the southern part of the park are a hallmark feature of the 400 million year old Niagara Escarpment. As you stand over the dolomite bluffs, you feel the ground rumbling beneath you from each crash of the waves. There have been many cliff jumpers who have jumped off the bluff closest to the parking lot when the waters are calm (obviously at their own risk).
From the bluffs, the trail goes northward through a forest and offers ample opportunities to find your way down to the beach. It feels as though the park has several different beaches, separated by land outcroppings - some are rock beaches some are sand, each has their own feel.
Don't forego this park just because it's a county park!
- Swimsuit (in the summer)
- Hiking shoes or boots
- Drinking water
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Try it in a kayak!
I have been exploring Cave Point my entire life (awesome also in the winter!), but just recently began exploring it via kayak. On calmer days, you can poke through the caves and coves, and when the lake is low, there is a certain cave that contains a "limbo", in which you can lay flat on your boat and shimmy under a rock arch. Bring your own, rent a kayak, or go on a guided tour. There are a couple of companies on the peninsula- I'd specifically recommend Door County Kayak Tours.
A yearly hiking, camping, & cliff jumping spot for me! The water is typically very frigid throughout the summer but worth a dive in! For swimming, make sure to go on a day that is not windy. Check the water level first and if the water is deep enough, jump off of the cliffs into the cyrstal clear waters! Explore the caves along the cliffs and see right down to the bottom of the water! It's so clear! Hike along the cliffs or climb down to the sandy shores.
This is a great area to explore, definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The two times I visited (summer weekends), it was super busy with people milling around. If you want a little more solitude here I would avoid middle of the day on weekends in the summer!
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