Rustic Road Designated on Washington Island

For many years Door County has had four Rustic Roads, as designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The fifth such scenic route in the county, Rustic Road 119, has been designated for Washington Island. As such, it is the only Rustic Road on an island. This 27-mile route is comprised of segments of County W and 14 town roads that hug the shoreline as well as take travelers into the middle of the island. It is intended to provide a unique sampling of island life. The south end of the route is punctuated with sand dunes, forests and the occasional view of the rocky shoreline of Lake Michigan. Visitors also will see limestone bluffs which are part of the Niagara Escarpment as well as lavender farms and vineyards. Schoolhouse Beach, one of the most unique stone beaches in the world, is near the Rustic Road. The other Rustic Roads in Door County are number 9 Glidden Drive, number 38 Cana Island Road, number 39 Ridges Road, and number 77 County TT. For more information on Rustic roads visit

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