The Ridges Sanctuary, Baileys Harbor

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The Ridges Sanctuary is a 1,600-acre (650 ha) nature preserve and land trust in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. It is listed as a National Natural Landmark, Important Bird Area and Wisconsin State Natural Area. It was founded in 1937 and was the first land trust in the state.
The sanctuary is also home to the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, which were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center opened in 2015. The 7,400-square foot facility is LEED certified, and includes displays about the preserve's karst topography, wildflowers, plants, animals and the history of the site's founding.

The sanctuary includes a small amount of the raw humus rendzina soil type, which is globally uncommon. and is also found in the Marshall's Point State Natural Area, a residential development not open to the public.
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  • We toured the lighthouse and enjoyed seeing where the keeper and his wife lived. There's a boardwalk that links the lighthouse to a beach in the harbor. Beautiful, serene and an easy walk. 
    We toured the lighthouse and enjoyed seeing where the keeper and his wife lived. There's a boardwalk that links the lighthouse to a beach in the harbor. Beautiful, serene and an easy walk.  more »
  • My husband & I went here one early afternoon for the first time & it was a beautiful fall day to enjoy the boardwalk that led to other trails in the woods. You could see & hear the birds & there were....  more
    My husband & I went here one early afternoon for the first time & it was a beautiful fall day to enjoy the boardwalk that led to other trails in the woods. You could see & hear the birds & there were....  more »
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  • A nice place for a stroll or hike on the boardwalk and/or trails. The range light (it looks like a lighthouse) may be open for a tour too. In May there are plenty of wildflowers, like marsh marigolds and these teeny tiny irises. Insider tip: This is a nonprofit nature center, so there's a charge to hike here. Not a lot - maybe $5 - but be prepared!
  • Had a blast doing some winter trails with the kids. Various distances allows you to spend a little or a lot of time. Will come back to try it in the summer.

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