Door County Coastal Byway is a scenic byway with a length of 66 miles located in Door County, a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The road follows highways 42 and 57 around the peninsula.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! The route offers a range of resources and activities with scenic vistas of Lake Michigan, the Bay of Green Bay and the Niagara Escarpment bluffs, as well as dense forest, agricultural lands, and quaint shore-side towns and villages. Expect deep and abundant leaf color – sumac, maple, birch and oak – especially from Egg Harbor to Fish Creek, Ellison Bay to Northport, and in and near Baileys Harbor.
This asphalted route starts north of Sturgeon Bay and travels north to Northport, then south through Baileys Harbor to Jacksonport. It twists and turns like a snake, offering views of winding road and brilliant fall leaves. Photographers love this spot, especially in the fall because the road is dripping with a mixture of northern hardwood, aspen and oak tress, with a few pine trees sprinkled in for a touch of green.
The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. It’s one of three Scenic Byways in the State of Wisconsin. Door County’s Coastal Byway stretches over 66 miles of Wisconsin's beautiful Door Peninsula. It begins just north of the City of Sturgeon Bay, following State Highway 57 north along one side of the Peninsula to Northport and Gills Rock at the very tip, and then heads south on State Highway 42 back to the starting point.