Newport State Park
Newport State Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Strengthsguru
Chicago, IL119 contributions
Sep 2022
Of the two state parks in Door County, Newport is smaller and is more for hiking. Great if you like to walk amongst the trees. The $11.00 is good to enter both parks, Newport and Peninsula if done in the same day. If you can only do one, Peninsula is bigger, has a lighthouse which can be toured and the Eagle tower to climb via stairs or ramp for a outlook of the water and islands. There are trails and camping available.

Newport is noted for the dark sky and is open until 11pm you can bring telescopes and they give you suggestions on where to find the best spot for viewing.
Written October 5, 2022
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IcelandicDottir
5 contributions
Oct 2022
On a clear night, this park offers a beautiful and hard to find dark sky filled with glittering stars. Jupiter rising in the east shines on the waters of Lake Michigan and the Northern Lights pulse in greens and reds above. During the day, enjoy a gorgeous hiking experience.
Written October 3, 2022
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helga
Park Ridge, IL17 contributions
Oct 2020
There are many hiking options in such a beautiful environment. Some of the options include hiking hear the water and enjoying the beautiful lake view. This is a "Dark Sky" Park and has the best views of the stars, and constellations around.

We hike at this park every time we visit Door County because it isn't very crowded and is serene and enjoyable. This is truly a well hidden Gem.
Written October 2, 2020
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lyclee
Chicago, IL101 contributions
Jul 2021
After multiple trips to Door County finally made it to the northern portion of DC and have to say, it's completely different! The whole vibe and feel is more quaint and natural. So if that's your thing forget about Fish Creek and Peninsula State Park (it's gotten much more crowded and touristy) and head North to Ellison Bay and Newport the S.P. is quiet, unspoiled, and just beautiful. Highly recommend this off the beaten path place for some good hiking, time to relax by the bay, and just a whole lot of nature as it was meant to be.

Biggest regret is not visiting previously and not backpacking here. While it's not for everyone since spots are all a decent hike-in but honestly from what we saw, we would easily traded the in-town accommodations for couple nights of roughing it. So it's now on the list and we shall be back!
Written September 2, 2021
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WeezyA2013
Charlotte, NC105 contributions
Jul 2021
The hiking at this park is great, just as it is in all the state parks in Door County. Having discovered this is now a dark sky park, however, we decided to visit the park at night on this trip. I have been searching for an adjective to describe the experience, and I finally decided on extraordinary. We arrived there around sunset, so it wasn't really dark yet, and we could see maybe just three stars. As the night went on, though, and it continued to get darker, more stars appeared until the sky was almost completely full. It truly was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend, especially since it is a rare opportunity. Check the park's website for all the information you need (including proper etiquette). I would suggest you follow the park's recommendation that you scope out the park in the light first, so you know where you need to go when you get there.
Written August 8, 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana2,613 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We only came through to see a little and find a place to stop and eat. It’s $11 to just enter even knowing we were just going to be a short while. There seems to be a bunch of hikes that vary in length and difficulty. Would love to have taken one or 2 but it wasn’t possible on this trip. We enjoyed the beach area for a short time.
Written July 17, 2022
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AndrewFromMadison
Madison, WI3,292 contributions
Aug 2019
Apart from the Rock Island State Park, which is on the island, Newport is the quietest and most pleasant of all parks. While there are no outstanding features there like at Devil's Lake or Interstate, the views of Lake Michigan well compensate for that. Park includes two State Natural Areas - Europe Bay Woods SNA and Newport Conifer-Hardwoods SNA. Newport State Park is designated a Wilderness Area - for a reason too.
Written April 9, 2020
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Mabelene P
Saint Charles, IL53 contributions
Jun 2021
We figured out this park is rated as a International Dark Sky Park and made it our destination around dusk. The water, white rocks, clear water and star gazing was an amazing experience. Must add this to your list of activities. I was not "experienced" in this kind of activity, but you may want to research before you attend.
Written June 21, 2021
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126PaulineC
Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States143 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
During our trip to Door County we hiked at Peninsula State Park, Cave Point County Park, Whitefish State Park, and Newport State Park. This was our favorite. We parked in parking lot three and took Fern trail to Lynd Trail. There are a few places where it was not super clear which way to follow the trail but we figured it out. It was a beautiful hike
Written September 27, 2021
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partie-of-seven
Roselle, IL133 contributions
Jul 2020
Went here to star gaze. It is out of the way, quiet and isolated, but we felt safe. There were numerous other groups of people doing the same. It has a small sandy beach and shoreline. Take plenty of bug pray. Get there before dark so you can see your way around there are no lights. Also, pit toilets without lights so take a few flashlights.
Written July 23, 2020
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