Hiking Parfrey’s Glen Wisconsin State Natural Area

When headed to Sauk County Wisconsin most people envision beautiful Devils Lake just a couple miles outside of Baraboo.  If you are familiar with the scenic bluffs and big beaches of Devils Lake, then you probably already know about the large crowds of summer.

Every year thousands of people flock to the State Park for a little R&R only to discover the masses have joined them.  Devils Lake State Park is one of my favorite places to hike and when fall comes I will go again.

In the meantime, if you are looking for something off the beaten path, Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area is must see and only a few miles away.

Parfrey's Glen Wisconsin's First State Natural Area Sign

The hike is less than two miles round trip following alongside this babbling brook.

Parfrey's Glen Wisconsin State Natural Area brook

The trail starts out paved but the farther you go the less the path is maintained.

Wisconsin State Natural Area Parfrey's Glen stone stairway

You will pass by some of natures most beautiful creations.

Parfrey's Glen Wisconsin State Natural Area exposed tree roots and cave

You may begin to wonder if you should turn back, the path has disappeared and you have started hopping across rocks in the brook. You look up and realize the only way to move forward is to cross the boulders ahead.  Dig deep, you have already come this far.  Just a little bit more to see what is on the other side.

Parfrey's Glen Wisconsin State Natural Area tumbled boulder passThen you arrive at your final destination.  If the journey here wasn’t enough to convince you this was a worthwhile adventure, the view just over the fallen boulder pass will.

Parfrey's Glen Wisconsin State Natural Area waterfall and stone wall

The small waterfall and serene beauty make this hike a must see of Wisconsin.

I would like to make a public service announcement that when spending time outdoors always be respectful of nature, use common sense and please follow any rules posted.

Always give more than you take and leave no trace behind

I always try to have a grocery bag in my pack so I can pick up any garbage that may be found along the way.

Thank you for reading!  Have a great day!!

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  1. I wish we had found this place during our travel through Wisconsin in October. Good on you for helping to clean up after miscreants. Allan


    1. Wisconsin has a lot of great places to hike off the beaten path, but if you don’t know where to look it seems they can be a little harder to find. Thanks for reading 😊


  2. […] took a hike at Parfrey’s Glen in mid-July and I thought it might be fun to use the pictures I had taken that day and write a blog […]


  3. It’s nice that your picking up other people’s trash. I often do this and it’s amazing that people leave empty bottles of wine on the tracks. Also the amount of MacDonalds wrapper and kfc on short walks or lookouts not found on the more remote areas. I guess food junkies can’t walk that far.


    1. Lol, I completely agree when I see the amount of fast food wrappers that are just tossed on the ground by careless and lazy people it makes me sad for our planet.


  4. This looks beautiful!! My grandma lives in black river falls and there’s some pretty places there too!


    1. Black River Falls does have some great places to hike. I will make sure to make it that way for some future hikes 🙂


  5. wow, that place looks totally amazing, i would love to hike there!


    1. It is really quite amazing. No pictures can do it justice. Thank you


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