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Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area



01/01 - 12/31

Monday - Sunday 

6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Parfrey's Glen, Wisconsin's first State Natural Area, is a spectacular gorge deeply incised into the sandstone conglomerate of the south flank of the Baraboo Hills. Parfrey's Glen is open daily 6:00 am - 8:00pm. Visitors must remain on the trail. Pets, food, and beverage are not allowed in the natural area. A State Park sticker is required and available at nearby Devil's Lake State Park.



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  • M T posted 23 days ago
    "Came here w/friends during Memorial Day weekend. We came early around 9am so parking wasn't a problem but it does fill up fast during holiday times. Late comers will have to resort to street parking. This is an okay trail that doesn't have any spectacular views or scenery. The trail follows a small stream, many times crossing over the stream itself. It would be advisable to wear footwear that you don't mind getting wet. There is a small waterfall if you go beyond the designated trail, climbing over some boulders at your own risk. Signs are posted throughout the trail. Stating the obvious: Be sure to have strong (deep woods) insect repellent as the mosquitoes here are relentless!!"
  • Nicole Swanton posted 10 days ago
    "New favorite place, amazing. Wear waterproof hiking boots and walk right through the stream. Don't wear flip flops! Saw many people struggling. Be prepared."
  • Jesse Wunsch posted 20 days ago
    "Beautiful place to hike. The second half is a make your own trail but it's worth it. Just plan on your feet getting wet for that part since there are a couple stream crossings. The first half is well maintained and very family and stroller friendly."
  • Nicole Swanton posted 5 days ago
    "An amazing experience. Wear waterproof hiking boots and prepare to climb over rocks. What a blast. Short hike but worth the 2 hr drive for me."
  • P M posted 16 days ago
    "Beginning part of hike is simple and a little boring but the last half is the coolest hiking. Walk across rock in the stream! Its amazing!! Would recommend it!! Make sure you go to the waterfall at the end!"