Winter in Baileys Harbor.

Baileys Harbor comes alive in the winters as the premier place to go exploring. Door County winters are far less busy than the summers so there’s no wait list to get in for your favorite Friday fish fry, no congested hiking trails, and virtually no traffic.

Baileys Harbor boasts over 6,000 acres of public land that stays open year round. Imagine wandering through a prehistoric forest hearing nothing but your own foot steps and the charming calls of native birds. Close your eyes and catch a snow flake on your tongue or walk the shores of Lake Michigan at one of our public beaches. Not fast enough for you? Cruise the peninsula on miles of groomed snowmobile trails through fields, forests, and along the shore.

The Ridges Sanctuary and Toft’s Point Natural Area boast some of the densest populations of native species in the county. Some of the trees along the trails are several hundred years old. Keep an eye out for Bald Eagles as they are year round residents of these spots. The trails in Toft’s Point are perfect for cross country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through a historic homestead. Please remember to “Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints!”