Description - Ahnapee State Trail is a National Recreation Trail administered by the village of Casco. The trail extends 30 miles along abandoned railroad bed connecting Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. A portion of the trail overlaps with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
The trail is a joint venture between public and private entities: The Friends of the Ahnapee (a nonprofit organization), Kewaunee and Door counties, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, all playing a significant role in the development and maintenance of the trail.
- Recreationists come to Ahnapee State Trail during the warmer months of the year to hike, bike, horseback ride, and experience horse-drawn carts and wagons. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular. Snowmobiling is by far the more popular of the two winter recreations due to the interconnecting 95 miles of trails in Kewaunee County and an additional 275 miles available in Door County.
Comprised of a packed surface approximately 8 - 10 feet wide, the trail accommodates riders and hikers of all ages. Views from the trail include secluded wetlands and green pasturelands. Special events are held each year. Sampling of events held in the past include carriage rides, horseback rides, free pony rides, kite flying demonstrations, and horse harnessing demonstrations.
For trail conditions and event details call 920-388-7199. For general information call 920-388-0444.
Recreation - Recreation enjoyed along the Ahnapee State Trail includes hiking, tour biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Climate - Northeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the teens F (-teens C). Average July temperature is 68-70 degrees F (20 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) for a several day stretch. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 30-32". Annual snowfalls in the Northeast Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 50" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 180". Nighttime summer temperatures can dip below freezing. Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Ahnapee State Trail is located one mile south of Sturgeon Bay in Northeast Wisconsin. Trailhead is at Wilson Road.