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Amazing beauty, incredibel geology

Parfrey's Glen, located within Devil's Lake State Park, is the first Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area. The glen is a deep gorge cut through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Parfrey's Glen, located within Devil's Lake State Park, is the first Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-designated State Natural Area. The glen is a deep gorge cut through the sandstone of the south flank of the Baraboo Hills. It is breathtaking and shows the force of water and the impact of the glaciers in amazing detail. Go!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We have visited Parfrey's Glen every year for 3 -4 years now with kids aged ~ 6 - ~11 over the years. We are definitely novice hikers; take a 90 minute hike maybe 1 - 2 times a year. The hike starts out very tame on a paved path. In only about 5 - 10 minutes, however, some excitement starts.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is an easy to moderate hike. A beautiful location with a variety of terrain. Unique plants and wildlife. About half way you find a creek with lots of boulders to creek walk and climb. Ends with a beautiful waterfall grotto! With the trip. The parking lot is often full due to its popularity. Many cars parked along the street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Make the hike to the gorge. It is beautiful to see and cool to walk through on a hot day. Wear boots and bug spray.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A lot of people don't realize that the best part of Baraboo is the hiking that is available. Parfrey's Glen is unique and small enough that it is not bombarded with tourists. It's a short, easy walk to some beautiful, natural sites. Great for families!

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Hiawatha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great short hike in a interesting glen. Planning on a little scrambling at the end of the hike if you plan on seeing the waterfall. (It's worth it)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is an easy hike with a few obstacles like crossing the creek & climbing boulders. A nice little mini adventure with the kids.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Visited Parfrey's glen on a whim this past weekend. Was a wonderful short hike (?2 miles round trip) into a fairly deep gorge with a very small and shallow stream running through it. Even though it was near 90F it was much cooler in the woods and the glen itself. Beautiful hike with some nice photo ops. Formerly had bridges... More 

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Maroa, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Lovely short hike with a few scrambles over rocks and some interesting scenery. Lovely water falls at the end. We had a very peaceful hike along the creek.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I am a Madison native and live in Arizona now. My kids are in Wisconsin for the summer. My father needed some new ideas as to where to take the grandkids. I remembered parfreys glen from when I was in high school and we used to go there for the day with friends. It is a fantastic place to go... More 

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