Newport State Park has found its niche among a crowded field of Door County state parks. According to Gene Kenny, a member of the Friends of Newport State Park, the selling point is the area’s simplicity. Newport is a wilderness park, meaning vehicles are prohibited, including RVs. Campers wishing to set up inside Newport must carry in their tent and supplies. That limits the traffic compared to nearby Peninsula State Park which does not have the same restrictions. Kenny says this makes Newport a peaceful place.
Newport also has the distinction of being one of only three dark sky preserves east of the Mississippi River. That designation has helped increase the number of visitors in recent years.
*Photo courtesy of Newport Wilderness Society Facebook page