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Ahnapee State Trail

  The Ahnapee Trail really is an excellent trail in many respects. The condition of the trail is excellent for road bikes or mountain bikes. The grade is very flat, of course, being an old railroad. The trail is lined with trees which keeps the ride cool and out of high winds.

The scenery is mostly farmland, but mixed and charming. There are a number of access points to the trail and ''Off the Trail'' for a stop at a local restaurant/pub which are sometimes
    pointed out by signs on the trail.

The trail is long enough to make an interesting tour and easy enough to bring your family for a longer tour.

A really great weekend trip is to pack up the bikes for a camping trip and
bike from Casco to Potowotami State Park. Donít bother buying food to carry; you get to buy it at the end of the ride!

Maybe have breakfast to start the trip in Luxemburg or Casco to start the trip off right and to help the local economy (Casco has a population of 560 people).

Bicycle the trail to Algoma and spend a couple of hours noodling around the maritime village, dip your feet in Lake Michigan, and have lunch at one of the local and affordable
 
Algoma restaurants.

Note that there are several apple trees along the way. Unlike todayís apples which are mostly highbred grafts, these heritage breed apples are trees started from the railmen throwing their apple cores out the windows of the train. In the fall, the apples are ripe, plentiful, free, and very flavorful. Pick some up to make a cobbler at camp that evening.

Finally, you pass through Sturgeon Bay on the way to Potowatomi State Park. Buy your food for the evening at one of the locally owned groceries. Then on to Potowotomi State Park.

In the summer, getting a reservation at Potowotomi is nearly impossible PLUS, the Wisconsin DNR gifted all camp-site the reservation business to a single private company that charges nearly as much for the reservation as for the campsite. HOWEVER, if you bicycle to any State or Federal campgrounds with your gear, they will accommodate you. The site they give you might not be ideal and it might be rustic, but at least you know that you can get into a camp after your long journey. As an alternative, of course, you can stay at a hotel in Sturgeon Bay or any of the villages along the way northward.

This trip is an absolute gem. If you live anywhere near the Ahnapee trail, you really should enjoy this experience with your family.

Says Mike Stone



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These outdoors activities are available near Ahnapee State Trail.
 Campgrounds Near Ahnapee State Trail:
Ahnapee River Trails, Algoma , 5 miles away
Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay , 5 miles away
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp, Sturgeon Bay , 6 miles away
Pierce Point Camping Park, Algoma , 6 miles away
Timber Trail Campgrounds, Algoma , 6 miles away
 Whitewater Near Ahnapee State Trail:
Whitewater Outfitter - Door County Kayak Tours, Door County , 21 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Neshota River, Manitowoc County , 27 miles away, Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Zander Road to Highway 147)
Devil's River, Manitowoc County , 29 miles away, Class II-III - 3.9 miles long (Pleasant Road to Highway 147)
 Hotels Near Ahnapee State Trail:
At The Waters Edge, Algoma , 7 miles away
AmericInn Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay , 8 miles away
Super 8 Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay , 9 miles away
Beach Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Ahnapee State Trail
East Alaska Lake, Kewaunee County , 9 miles away
Bradley Lake, Door County , 10 miles away

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