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.
|Natural Communities / Geology
||Bluff, Forest, Niagara Escarpment, Cliff|
|Parking||Parking Area (gravel)|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Door County (PDF); More info: Wisconsin DNR|
|Located Within||Ellison County Park|