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Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Toft Point for an Afternoon Hike

Greetings! Hope I find you well. Today, was an interesting day for me. I got a chance to drag my husband out to Toft Point for an afternoon hike. A break from the normal and sometimes boring walking trails that I walk. Truth be told; right now there is not a whole lot going on where I walk. I’m rather bored with the day to day walks.

Today was exciting and fresh. Toft Point was a place I have always had on my places to visit but haven’t yet reached. I’m thrilled that my husband decided to hike and explore the grounds with me. The man doesn’t enjoy nature as much as I. He likes to go with me and spend time but maybe, not the amount of time I like to give some subjects. The stop here. Stop there system I have in place I feel bugs him a bit.




Where is Toft Point?

Toft point is located on Toft Road in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. On a unique 732 acre piece of property that is maintained by UWGB Green Bay.

Toft Point - There is a small parking lot before the barrier. Maybe you can fit 6 cars in the two dirt areas before the barriers. Be kind when parking. It is a tight space but there is sufficient parking, if used correctly.

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Take State Highway 57 to Ridges Road on the north end of Baileys Harbor. Turn on Toft Road. Toft Road is unpaved and leads you through the woods to a small parking area. My husband kept telling me that I was in the “wrong” place. That Toft Road was going to end up at a private residence. It didn’t ūüôā Thankfully.

I Found the Road
Parking

There is a small parking lot before the barrier. Maybe you can fit 6 cars in the two dirt areas before the barriers. Be kind when parking. The one car that was there took up most of the parking by parking wonky. It is a tight space but there is sufficient parking, if used correctly.  No fees or park passes needed to use the land.

Toft Point - The walk is beautiful. You are walking through a boreal forest with the brightest and most extensive collection of mosses and growth on trees and logs that I have ever seen

 

The Hike Through the Woods

We didn’t log the distance. I’d say the path to the first clearing is maybe a mile. The walk is beautiful. You are walking through a boreal forest with the brightest and most extensive collection of mosses and growth on trees and logs that I have ever seen.

Lichen - Pseudocyphellaria rainierensis, old-growth specklebelly. This species has two clearly defined upper and lower sides as well as fringed lobes and many vegetative reproductive structures called

Words can’t express the pure untouched beauty on Toft Point. We are going into the winter months in Wisconsin, but there were still shelf mushrooms and plenty of nature to view.




 

 

Another Moss - Toft Point Door County, Wisconsin

We could hear Lake Michigan waters long before we could see it.
There were woodpeckers pecking and ruffed grouse distinctive “drumming” noise in the woods.

Shores of Door County, Wisconsin

It was late in the afternoon, about 2 hours before sunset and rather gloomy outside. The brisk air off the lake was chilly at Toft Point for an afternoon hike.


As I was thinking about the cold air and how I was getting chilly; we heard owls hooting in the distance. The excitement of maybe getting one of the owls in my viewfinder took the thought of the chill in the air off my mind. We didn’t spot them. It was thrilling to hunt for them.




 

The First Clearing

Oh, baby! My kind of exploring. There is an old cabin village located on the property. Some buildings are fully intact and some rock foundations are the only traces left behind by others. The cabins are all named after one of the Thomas Toft children that owned and maintained the land.

Water view - From the old cottages at Toft Point Door County, Wisconsin.

You can not go into any of the cabins on the property but you can walk around them. They are hidden in the brush on both sides of the clearing.

Toft Point cabins at Toft Point in Door County, Wisconsin.

 

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Toft Point Pock


Old Kiln

The one round, stone building on the property intrigued us. Turns out that it is an old kiln. There is not much left of it. Although, it was most certainly fun to explore the area

Old Ruins - Toft Point Door County, Wisconsin

The Second Clearing

After walking through another section of woods with what I like to call tree root steps because the pathway has tree roots that double as steps. The tree root steps guide you to the rocky limestone opening on the shores of Lake Michigan.

From the top of the tree clearing my husband who reach the clearing first turned around with great excitement and said there is a Wood Duck on the rocks and more ducks in the water. “See them? See them?”

Unique Moss at Toft Point in Door County, Wisconsin

 

I needed to switch out lens. I was shooting some moss at ground level that had so many different textures within it. Not exactly the type of lens I wanted on the camera for ducks. As a swapped out lens he kept an eye on “His wood duck.”

As, I was changing out the lens, the ducks apparently spotted us and immediately ventured out further in the lake. When my husband pointed out his wood duck, I saw it was a Bufflehead (white and black duck in the pic) along with two female Red-breasted Mergansers.

Hey, it happens. ¬†Identification¬†can be difficult at times. I posted a picture of a Pied-Billed Grebe in a Just About Ducks forum on Facebook. (I am relatively green to photographing ducks. ¬†I don’t spend enough time in this department.)

Pied Bill Grebe

The day I get brave enough to post the duck pic above alongside some extremely talented photographer is the day a fellow photog tells me the darn thing isn’t even considered a duck. Go figure.

No disappointment for me. This bufflehead was the first spotting of the season for me.

View from Toft Point Door County, Wisconsin

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We traversed the rocky shoreline. Some flat rock, some not. Another guess, but thinking there is about two miles of shoreline that consisted of dolomite cliffs and limestone cobble beach. There are some very slippery spots on the rocks. You can see when the waves kick up that the green algae patches and pools of water remain. It was an adventure. Getting wet and slipping and sliding was part of our adventure.




 

It was about an hour until sunset when you could see my husband was itching to start the journey back. I wasn’t. I wanted to explore more. Although, it would have to wait for another day. Here I “thought” the serious eye contact and stares were to get me moving. I was along the water, the waves and sound of the lake blocked me from hearing what he was.

 

Toft Point Shoreline Door County Wisconsin Photography

As I headed up toward the forest. I heard it. Coyotes. They were celebrating a kill. Very distinguishable. Very close. He wasn’t afraid, but secretly I know he was awaiting my comment. My stares while listening prompted his “Hear them?” Me, “Of course.” “That is our cue it is time to go.”

In the wild, a coyote is really nothing to fear. They stay away from humans. There is something eerie and yet, exciting at the same time hearing a pack together. The howling and yipping are amazing. Walking all the trails I do, I have never encountered close to me on one of my paths. I have seen a few off in the distance at the country land. They see me, they go the other way.

I plan on heading back to Toft Point for an afternoon hike in the spring. Can’t wait to explore even further than I did today. ¬†Door County’s hidden gem!

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Until next time my friends!

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