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Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, Baraboo

Categories: Canyons, Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area is located in Baraboo. To visit Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area and other attractions in Baraboo, use our Baraboo tour planner.
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  • I had never heard of this place before, and was so happy we took a chance on it! It's a small parking area, but we went on a week day and there were just a couple of cars mid-morning. It's a nice gras...  read more »
  • This gorge in the Baraboo Bluffs is about 45 minutes from Madison. You can get there off Hwy 12 or up Hwy 113. Hwy 113 crosses the Wisconsin River by a free ferry at Merrimack. On a nice day that adds...  read more »
  • Had a fun Saturday afternoon here with the family--two adults, 5-year-old and 3-year-old. We brought a picnic to eat at the lawn entrance, made a quick pit toilet stop and were on our way hiking. Busy...  read more »
  • This hike is gorgeous and won't take up your whole day by any means. Get up early. Wear decent shoes! This hike goes from easy to difficult in a quarter mile. Also prepare to get your feet wet or don't bother coming... It's just going to happen. Kids should be prepared for rough spots or you should be prepared to carry them. Often you'll spend more time looking at the ground than you will at the stunning cliffs around you so take breaks to appreciate your surroundings. Picnic tables near entrance. Very limited parking.
  • Beautiful location and easy hike. Takes about a hour and a half if you take your time. Great during summer. Might not be the best if you want quite time for yourself, kinda crowded at points.
  • A great scenic mini hike. Part of the trail is paved with gravel and then there is also a portion of the hike that will require hiking shoes along a river and at some points through the river which can be muddy. It ends at a very scenic waterfall. Definitely worth a stop and the hour hike.
  • Absolutely beautiful. A fairly easy hike up to the gorgeous waterfall, or take the Ice Age Trail for a little more of a workout. Has restroom facilities, but bring food and water.
  • I've visited this place several times and it never ceases to amaze me. Great natural area. The gorge has its own micro-climate and is much cooler, nice in summer. The trees growing out of the cliffside and the gigantic boulders are stunning. Like something out of the Jurassic. Wear good shoes and be prepared to cross a flowing creek and climb some rocks. There is no boardwalk anymore, but this adds to the primitive, natural feel of the area. A must stop for any nature enthusiast.
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