If you’re looking for a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore Kewaunee and Door Counties this summer or early fall, check out the 46-mile Ahnapee State Trail, a delightful journey through some of Kewaunee and Door Counties’ most picturesque countryside. From downtown Sturgeon Bay, this public Trail winds south along the beautiful Ahnapee and Kewaunee Rivers to Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg and Kewaunee, through a mix of “evergreen glades, farmland, prairies and wooded areas” resplendent with wildlife and native wildflowers, according to the Wisconsin DNR website.
If you’re a bike rider, come join the Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail for their 4th annual, non-competitive, Ahnapee Century Ride held each August. The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Luxemburg trailhead, a crushed limestone surface suitable for most bicycles. Helmets are required and the organizers recommend wide-tired bicycles to accommodate ruts.
Dedicated to showcasing the Trail’s natural beauty, the Ahnapee Century Ride invites participants of any age to travel as far as they want, providing well-stocked rest stops along the way on each route, according to Melissa Dupke, secretary of the Friends’ group. Round-trip routes range from 8-100 miles: an 8 mile journey from Luxemburg to Reckelberg Park; 13 miles to Casco; 32 miles to Algoma; 64 miles to Sturgeon Bay; and 100 miles to Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay.
As part of our first community grant program in 2003, LNRP provided funding to monitor water quality in the Ahnapee River watershed and for the Friends’ group to produce and distribute a four-color map. Dedicated to promoting, developing and maintaining the extensive Trail, the all-volunteer organization partners with both Counties and the Wisconsin DNR. Dupke said, “This event will be held on an annual basis and we hope to see it grow to be one of the most popular rides in Northeastern Wisconsin.”
What better way to experience the area than by a two-wheeled, non-polluting, human-powered, up-close-and-personal, out-in-the-elements means? All event proceeds benefit Friends of the Ahnapee. For more information, go to www.ahnapeetrail.org.