Newport State Park, Wisconsin’s only wilderness state park, is located at the northern tip of the Door peninsula on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The park has a dark sky that offers excellent nighttime viewing with an unobstructed view of the eastern horizon. It was designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in 2017, the first park in Wisconsin with this designation. As a designated wilderness park, the hectare (2,373-acre) park offers only backpack hike-in camping and has minimal developments beyond the park office and a picnic area with a park shelter. Additionally, it offers shoreline and interior hiking and off-road bike trails.
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