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Looking for rustic roads near Door County

Traveling near Algoma, Wis., and Door County, we went down a road with a number of old and deserted farms, maybe German-style or Amish. We would like to tour that area, if we can find it again. Any ideas? Thanks. - Sharon, Minneapolis

The farmland at the base of the Door Peninsula was settled by immigrants from Belgium and Luxembourg and there are villages near Algoma called Brussels and Luxemburg. (In Brussels, Belgian Days will be July 10-11 this year.)

When I feel like exploring an area, I always look to see if there are any Rustic Roads to drive. Just west of Kewaunee is Rustic Road 7, which "wanders past the remains of an old lime kiln, travels through glacial deposits, and affords views of an old German home, an old flour mill, and several picturesque barns.''

Most of the Rustic Roads are short, but they lead you into interesting areas.

There are four Rustic Roads in Door County, all north of the Sturgeon Bay Canal. They're scenic (think lighthouses), but none have the features you describe.

Rustic Road 77 heads north along Lake Forest Park Road from the Sturgeon Bay Canal Light. Rustic Road 9 follows County Road T around Whitefish Point. Heading farther north on Loritz Road and Logerquist Road/Maple Road is a scenic way to get to Rustic Roads 38 and 39.

For more, see Outdoors in Door County and Wisconsin's Rustic Roads.

A DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer will help you find the Rustic Roads and other scenic, little-traveled roads. I never go anywhere without one.

Last updated on April 28, 2010