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"History Comes to Life on the Talking Trail..."

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Explore the rich history of the Whitefish Dunes State Park along the Talking Trail...


Hike and learn about the history, plants, and animals of Whitefish Dunes. This 1.5-mile interpretive trail will introduce you to some of the treasures this special area has to offer. The trail gets its name from fossil remains of clam-like brachiopods that can be found throughout Door County.

  • Walk out onto the rock shelf shore to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in all of Wisconsin.

  • Rest on a Leopold bench and listen to songs of the Ovenbird and American Redstart.

  • Spend time on the boardwalk observing the wildlife and interacting with nature.

  • The steep forested dunes in this area are the highest dunes on the western shore of Lake Michigan.


The trail begins at a fossil rock monument near the shore in the picnic area. It is intended to be accessible for all people, but weather and terrain variations may cause some sections to be difficult. People using mobility aids may need some assistance to complete the 1.5-mile loop.

Special thanks to the Friends of Whitefish Dunes for funding the Talking Trail project!

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