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Point Beach State Forest and Rawley Point Lighthouse

9400 County Road O
Two Rivers  Wisconsin  54241
United States
(920) 794-7480
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Midwest Living Review

Melanie Radzicki McManus
Head to this state forest, which is a beautiful place to stay and play, and also the only place you can spot the historic Rawley Point Lighthouse.

Sprawling along the shores of Lake Michigan, Point Beach's 2,900-plus acres feature dense forest rimmed by six miles of sand dunes and beach. The two natural features make it a great place for outdoor recreation: swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking. A 127-site campground sits in the forest, as does 11 miles of trail, including a segment of Wisconsin's famous Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The paths are great for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing come winter.

The highlight of a visit here, though, is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which is only visible from the park (or from the lake, of course). Lighthouses have been sited on Rawley's Point for more than 150 years. Because this spot had seen so many wrecks, in 1893 the present erector-style lighthouse was installed; it was purchased from France's exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair. The lighthouse operates 24 hours a day and is one of the brightest on the Great Lakes.

In 2004, the Rawley Point Bicycle Trail was unveiled. The 5-mile packed limestone path links Point Beach State Forest with the 7-mile Mariner's Trail to the south, which runs from Two Rivers to Manitowoc.

August 16, 2012

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