“the winding road in door county”
Often simply referred to as "the winding road in Door County," we're referring to this unique must-see landmark as Jens Jensen's Winding Road to give proper attribution to the famed Danish-born landscape architect that influenced this amazing spot. Jensen founded The Clearing, a Door County school for landscape architects. As you pass Gills Rock heading toward the car ferry in Northport at the very end of Highway 42, you come over a slight hill in the road and see the winding road. This winding stretch of road is on Highway 42 halfway between Gills Rock and Northport. Take Highway 42 north through Door County. As it nears the end of the peninsula at Gills Rock, the road veers due east towards the Washington Island Car Ferry. About 1.5 miles past Gills Rock, the winding road appears. As this is a country road, you'll have to pull off to the side of the road to park. There is a small amount of gravel shoulder to the road right as you come up to it. There are also driveways along this stretch of Highway 42, but we would urge you not to park in or in front of one of these as a courtesy to those living near this spot. The volume of traffic varies, so it's recommended to allow yourself a bit of time to catch your desired shot of the road. The Northport Car Ferry is just beyond this spot, so sometimes you may have to wait for an open shot of this road if the ferry is unloading automobiles.
Fun for kids!
I have been on this road in both a car, and on a motorcycle, and two wheels is the only way to really travel short span of asphalt. I have gone in the late spring/early summer, but I bet fall is absolutely gorgeous. Washington Island is worth the trip, as well.
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Jens Jensen Winding Road
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