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Cave Point County Park is located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, next to Whitefish Dunes State Park. This county park is 19 acres and has a half-mile hiking trail along the shoreline. The park has picnic areas and areas for grilling. There is also a gazebo that can be reserved for events.

A hiking trail allows you to view the bluffs and water caves that have been created by the harsh waters of Lake Michigan. At the beginning of the trail is Cave Point, which is a popular circular cove. This cove is a popular swimming and kayaking spot. It should be noted that the waters in this cove can be very dangerous due to riptides and cold temperatures. Take caution if you choose to swim or kayak.

The dirt-packed trail is filled with tree roots and rocks, which can make it challenging to walk. There are also many fallen trees along the trail that can make it difficult to hike. People create rock stacks along the shore every year after winter, and these rock stacks make for great pictures. This park will give you some of the best photo opportunities in all of Door County. Overall, this park is a must-see for everyone.

If you’re interested in geology, Cave Point Count Park offers a lot of information about the geological makeup of the Great Lakes. Cave Point is a geologically active area that is made up of rocks that are over 400 million years old. The rocky shoreline of Lake Michigan is made up of dolomite bedrock layers, and these layers are what make up the bluffs throughout the Great Lakes. The line of bluffs at Cave Point partly make up the Niagara escarpment, which is the same series of dolomite that creates Niagara Falls. The waves of Lake Michigan slowly erode and remove the bedrock at Cave Point. When the water freezes in winter, it gets into the cracks and caves of the rock, enlarging the openings in the bluffs. These natural erosion processes actively change the way Cave Point looks, and this will continue to happen as time goes on.

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Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Great views. Fun swimming spot.


Crowds. Rough trail.


Schauer Rd
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
United States


Geologically significant
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas


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Nearby Adventures

Whitefish Dunes State Park


02.27.19 or has a great opportunity to explore cave point county park is by kayak tour.
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