Meridian Park features an interesting collection of natural communities approximately equidistant between the equator and the North Pole (hence the name). It is accessible from a wayside on the west side of Hwy 57. It is an official Door County Park, though there is little more than you’d find at a smaller wayside and scant mention of it around the web.
I have visited this site twice and plan to do so again, in part because I ended up here twice at the end of long, gloomy days. Most of my time was spent perusing the forest area. The forest floor seemed to be a mosaic picture put together from variously shaped rocks, as if a step into the wrong crack would send you to Middle Earth. That said, the forest was pleasant enough with various mosses lending a deep green hue to most services. Large-flowered trilliums and yellow forest violets were scattered about and patches of forget-me-nots added a blue tint in spots. Elsewhere the site features a sedge meadow and sand ridges that represent former Lake Michigan shorelines. I have always found these to be intriguing spots to explore and hope to do so soon.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Meridian Park can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Northern Mesic Forest, Sand Dune, Marsh, Sedge Meadow|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Door County (PDF); More info: Wisconsin DNR|