Ellison Bluff, SNA #378 (106/675)

Ellison Bluff features nice view from atop a 200-foot bluff overlooking the Green Bay side of Lake Michigan.  The site is easily reached via Ellison Bluff Park Road to its end, a large parking area and trailhead.

Ellison Bluff is formed by the Niagara Escarpment, a rock formation that forms the spine of Door County and stretches all of the way to New York.  From the parking area, one large observation overlook and a smaller one are just short steps away.  A nice, calm woodland trail winds through the tall trees and beautiful displays of spring wildflowers.  Large-flowered trillium, large-flowered bellwort, wild columbine, northern wild comfrey, yellow lady’s-slipper, and violets were abundant in mid-May.  This site is rather large and some off-trail exploration would be necessary to see the bulk of it.  I would be interested in exploring the talus slope below the blufftop, but as of yet, I do not know if there is a way down there from the parking area; reaching that may require an approach via water.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Ellison Bluff can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 378
County Door
Natural Communities / Geology
 Bluff, Forest, Niagara Escarpment, Cliff
Size (Acres) 195
Parking Parking Area (gravel)
Trails Yes
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries No
Ownership Door County (PDF); More info: Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Ellison County Park
Dates Visited 5.22.10

Door
Door County
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