Hike The Ridges

Self-Guided & Guided Snowshoe Hikes

This winter, experience The Ridges on snowshoes! These hikes with a Ridges naturalist cover the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales in their “off season.” If snow cover is insufficient, the hike will be done without snowshoes. Snowshoe rentals are available from the Cook-Albert Fuller Center for $5/pair. Download Snowshoe Rental Agreement

Our campus is comprised of five distinct areas: Hidden Brook, The Sanctuary, the Family Discovery Trail (Closed for Winter), Appel’s Bluff (Guided Hikes Only) and Logan Creek. All areas with the exception of Logan Creek are located in Baileys Harbor. Trails are easy to follow and well-marked. In the winter they are well-suited for snowshoeing, but are not groomed.

You can hike most of our trails year-round, dawn to dusk, for a modest $5.00 fee. The $5.00 Day Pass applies to adults and includes access to Hidden Brook Boardwalk, The Sanctuary, the Family Discovery Trail, Logan Creek and Appel’s Bluff . Children under 18 and Ridges members hike free.

Please check our calendar for current guided hike schedule.

The Ridges Trail Map




Group Tours and Custom Hikes

Our naturalist-guided hikes are the best way to experience The Ridges. Approximately 90 minutes in length, these relaxed walks highlight many of the features of the Sanctuary and are suitable for all ages. Learn about the history of the Ridges, the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, and of course the diverse flora of this unique natural area. On any given day, you’re likely to see carpets of wildflowers, nesting cranes, delicate Hine’s Emerald dragonflies, migrating Monarch butterflies or the occasional porcupine.

Lighthouse Tours • 30 Minutes • $5 per person* (May – October)

Learn the history of the Range Lights, built in 1869 to keep ships off the treacherous reefs and shallows at the entrance to Baileys Harbor. Includes a tour of the lantern room

Guided Nature Hikes • 60 – 90 Minutes • $8 per person* (May – October)

The best way to experience The Ridges. Hikes highlight the history of the Sanctuary and its diverse flora and fauna.

Custom Tours • $5 – 15 per person depending on tour length*

Tailored to your group’s interests, abilities and schedules. Examples include:


  • Birding Hot Spots
  • Expanded Wildflower Hikes
  • Combined cultural history, nature and Range Light tour

*Complimentary tours for group escort and motor coach driver.

Maximum of 40 people. No deposit needed to reserve your
tour date. Payment due upon arrival.


Call 920-839-2802 to book a group tour today!

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