Newport Wilderness Society invites you to explore beautiful Newport State Park.

Newport State Park is Wisconsin’s only formally-designated wilderness park. Located near the tip of the Door County peninsula, it includes 2,373 acres of evergreen and hardwood boreal forests, wetlands, and upland meadows. It is situated along 11 miles of rugged Lake Michigan shoreline. 

We have 26 miles of year-round ‘silent sport’ trails (hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing). Trails are considered easy to moderate, with no great elevation changes. Newport has 16 hike- or bike-in wilderness campsites, all with access to either the Lake Michigan or Europe Lake shorelines.

In 2017, Newport received Wisconsin’s first Dark Sky Park designation. Because of the park’s location along the shores of Lake Michigan and the relative absence of nearby artificial light, nights are remarkably dark and provide exceptional opportunities for viewing the night sky.

Before you arrive…

  • Park office is open 10am to 4pm during the summer season. The self-registration kiosk (just outside the park office) is available when office is closed.
  • 2024 annual state park stickers: available in the park office or online.
  • Backpack or bike-in camping is available year-round. Reservations required. Make reservations by phone (1-888-947-2757) or online.
  • See this page for information about how to prepare for dark sky viewing at the park.
  • Check our event calendar for details on upcoming park programs.
  • Newport-related clothing and merchandise is available for purchase in the Park Office and at Kick Ash Coffee in Ellison Bay.
  • Park hours are 6:00am to 11:00pm.

Updated 05-27-24