Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary is recognized as one of the most diverse natural areas in Wisconsin. Five miles of hiking trails wind through over 1400 acres of boreal forest and provide access to the unique ridge and swale complex formed by the steady rise and fall of the waters of Lake Michigan. Some 25 native orchids and a dozen other rare plants grow here, and the area provides habitat for the federally-endangered Hines Emerald dragonfly. Two range lights on the property. Trails are open year around for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Education programs for all ages – check website for calendar of upcoming events. A $4 trail fee for adults, no charge for children under 18.

Hours of Operation

Trails are open dawn to dusk, all year. Nature Center open mid-May through mid-October, 9 AM to 4 PM weekdays, 10AM to 2PM weekends.


From Hwy 57 at the north end of Baileys Harbor, turn east on County Q and then right into the parking lot.

Natural Attractions Type

  • Wildlife refuges & reserves