Guidelines for Visiting Door County Land Trust Preserves
Most of the lands owned by the Door County Land Trust are open to the
public year-round for day use, from dawn to dusk, for passive recreational
- Bird Watching
- Nature study
- Cross-country skiing
- Some types of Hunting - For more information about hunting
opportunities, please see our Hunting Program.
Lands protected by a conservation easement remain in private ownership,
however, and are open to the public only during special
Land Trust Events.
Door County Land Trust Preserves are managed to protect fragile
ecological resources and provide habitat for native plants and wildlife. There
are no staff on-site, no restrooms and only a few preserves have areas suitable
for a picnic. Visitors should come prepared with drinking water, snacks, and
appropriate clothing for changing weather conditions. The trails are
minimally maintained, and trail systems are designed to steer visitors away from
the most ecologically fragile portions of the preserve and toward those areas
that can handle more use.
For the safety and enjoyment of our visitors as well as the health of our
forests, meadows and wetlands, we ask that you please observe the following
stay on the trails at all times. Pedestrians off-trail cause
disturbance to vegetation and wildlife and may encounter poison ivy or other
natural hazards. Also, portions of the trail are in close proximity to
neighboring private lands. Visit our Trail
Maps & Preserve Directions
webpage to view directions and print maps for Land Trust Preserves with
marked hiking trails.
Please use the boot brush
station at the trailhead to clean your footwear before you begin your hike.
By removing invasive plant seeds that cling to hikersí shoes, you can help
us prevent the spread of invasive species which are one of the greatest
threats to the native plant and animal communities on our preserves.
Dogs are welcome on the
trails, but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Please take out everything
you bring with you, including garbage.
For information on hunting
rules and opportunities, please see our
Hunting Program webpage.
Remember to wear blaze
orange or brightly colored clothing during open bow hunting seasons when
visiting one of our
Preserves where we allow Hunting. We
do not recommend hiking on Land Trust Preserves during hunting
seasons that involve firearms and visiting preserves during this time is at
your own risk.
Please stay within the
preserve boundaries and do not trespass on neighboring private lands.
The following activities
are not permitted on Door County Land Trust Preserves:
- Use of vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and aircraft, etc.
- Cooking or camp fires
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
- Dogs off-leash
- Collection or disturbance of any natural material, alive or
dead. This includes fruits, nuts, other edible plant parts, animals,
fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil,
downed wood, wildflowers and other plants, etc.
- Collection for scientific research requires permission from the
Door County Land Trust and the WI Department of Natural
- Caving requires written permission from the Door County Land
- Use of firearms or other weapons is not permitted, except where allowed for
permissible hunting activities as described on our
Hunting Program webpage and in accordance with local ordinances.
Thank you for respecting these rules as you enjoy visiting Door County
Land Trust Preserves. We appreciate your help in keeping these
special places a safe and serene environment for visitors and wildlife alike!
Hiking Trails of the Door County Land Trust App
The Hiking Trails of the Door County Land Trust App
has trail maps for 13 Door County Land Trust Nature Preserves, descriptions of
hiking terrain, and notable details for hikers.
Download the iPhone version
Or, the Android version here:
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