We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Find peace and beauty near the Dells”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Parfrey's Glen

Parfrey's Glen
Ranked #4 of 41 things to do in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
64 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Find peace and beauty near the Dells”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

A winding and sometimes rocky trail through meadow and woods along a stream culminates in a cool and restful glen with steep rock cliffs and a waterfall. It is a restorative place to visit and people of all ages will enjoy it. The trail is less than a mile each way. Children will love wading in the water and climbing on the rocks around the stream. Note that it requires some negotiating of uneven terrain and crossing the stream without a bridge--just stepping on rocks to get across a short distance, so it is not a good choice for people with limits on their mobility.

As noted in some of the other reviews, the trail has undergone a lot of changes and at this time, the beginning of the trail has been paved and re-routed in many spots. Due to the drought of this year, there was not a waterfall, but it was still a cool, restful and beautiful place--especially to get away from the crowds and heat of summer.

Note that you need a WI state park sticker on your vehicle or to pay a daily use fee. Don't take chances as it is regularly patrolled.

Although we have visited this place many times, we still miss it on our first try, so here are directions and link to a map from the Devil's Lake tourism website:"To reach Parfrey’s Glen Just take Hwy. 113 south out of Baraboo and turn left on DL. The entrance will be on your left a few miles down. The entrance is a bit hard to see, but if you get to the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, you passed it. Just turn around and go back about a half mile."
http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/wp-content/images/Devilslake.pdf

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
3 Thank Craftylady23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

153 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    111
    33
    8
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
1,709 reviews
775 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 864 helpful votes
“Oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Literally, one of the "coolest" places around. Best visited on a hot summer day to fully appreciate the cool glen, fresh air, and luxuriant green surroundings.

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
Thank Raintree_Thailand
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
308 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“Miss the boardwalk.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Wife and I have been here a few times and with the boardwalk it was a great place, now after the storms and floods from a few years ago it's still nice but not as easy to get around and I feel doesn't look as good as it did. Would be great if they replaced the walk but from what I have read it's never going to happen. Still a beautiful area to come and visit.

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
Thank dyna47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
548 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
“Bring proper foot wear.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

The evolving nature of Parfrey's Glen is a wisconsin gem. With that said, the floods of past few years have greatly changed the trail. Today you are walking up the streambed. This means walking on lots of rough areas and rocks. So, it's a good idea to bring proper footwear. You may regret wearing filp-flops and tennis shoes. I was wearing hiking boots, and I still got a couple of "soakers" and sliped once or twice.

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank photoguywisconsin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Easy, Beautiful Trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

You can walk here on one of the ice age trails (several mile hike) or drive and park (we drove by twice before seeing the lot). The hike is an easy one; paved for a bit and then a pretty smooth gravel walkway after that. It follows a little stream back into the woods. The end of the trail was a little muddy even though it has been a pretty dry summer. This would be an easy walk for all ages/abilities. I even saw a couple of strollers on the trail.

Visited June 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank OmaHawkeye
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Parfrey's Glen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing