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Baxter's Hollow State Natural Area



04/01 - 10/31

Baxter's Hollow features a scenic gorge cut through Baraboo quartzite by Otter Creek, a fast, clear, nearly undisturbed stream flowing over the large quartzite boulders. From the intersection of US Highway 12 and State Highway 78 in Sauk City, go west on Highway 12 for 7.6 miles, then west on County Highway C for 1.5 miles, then north on Stones Pocket Road for just over 2 miles to one of the parking areas along the road.



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  • Cole posted 8 days ago
    "This would be an interest place to explore if you're looking for certain things. I went on the one trail that I assume ends up taking you to the end of Forest Dr. It's the only trail I know that exists. The trail didn't circle around so I ended up turing around after around 45 minutes. 15 minutes in all the overgrowth ends and it gets muddy in some places. 20 mins in is the "Hollow" area. 30 mins in it didn't seem like there was much else to see. On Maps, Stones Pocket Rd isn't actually a road that far in. I'd go back, but it's not something I HAVE to keep going back for."
  • nick thierer posted 29 days ago
    "Amazing public land! not much for trails but great terrain!"
  • Howard Ogden posted 6 months ago
    "Snow shoed up Stones Pocket Road on a quiet Feb. morning after a fresh show fall. Magical. Came back a little later in Feb. and explored the lower section of otter creek with camera. Still finding spots I haven't seen before."
  • Mitch posted 11 months ago
    "Great, secluded natural trail. Note: the trail is muddy in parts and overgrown in parts so bringing appropriate footwear and long sleeves is a good idea"
  • Robert Phetteplace posted 7 months ago
    "Beautiful place! Needs more trails. "