Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area is a nature reserve in Wisconsin. Due to popularity and proximity to Devil's Lake Parfrey's Glen is subject o additional restrictions in comparison to most other WI SNA.
Parfrey's Glen is a 508 acre State Natural Area located in the Baraboo Hills just just east of the popular Devil's Lake State Park. It is Wisconsins first designated State Natural Area having been recognized in 1952.
The SNA consists of a single main trail that follows a deep gorge cut through beautiful sandstone embedded with quartzite. The area is highly trafficked.
The area saw severe flooding in 2008 and 2010 destroying much of the established boardwalk trail. This boardwalk was not repaired leaving parts of the trail rugged with the opportunity for stream crossings and boulder hopping.
Being a sensitive SNA with a few rare species of fauna the WI DNR does have posted signs asking visitors to remain on the main trail. Unfortunately, while visiting you will see plenty of evidence that this request is not always followed with a few very popular "visitor established trails".
When visiting the area you can follow the Sauk Point trail connecting Devil's Lake State. Park and Parfrey's Glen for a great day hike adventure of both parks that includes open prairie, forest, bluff views overlooking the lake, and the refreshingly cold hardwater stream in Parfrey's Glen.
When to Go
Currently Closed due to the public health crisis. No date for reopening has been given.
Wisconsin State Park pass is required. Self-registration is available onsite.
Unlike most WI SNA, pet's are prohibited at Parfrey's Glen