Natural Bridge State Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This loop hike takes in an impressive sandstone arch, or natural bridge, along a hilly, rugged path that also leads to an impressive scenic overlook. A variety of trees and plants line the path as it winds back to the parking area, where you pick up a second path that goes past an old cabin and smokehouse.

You can enjoy a revamped trail system that not only leads to Wisconsin’s largest natural arch but also to an overlook and through the woods past an old farm building. Unlike most other areas under Wisconsin’s state park system, this place is primitive as far as amenities are concerned, leaving you to focus on the natural features."

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"This superlative Wisconsin natural feature was a long time in the making. The arch has only been within a state park for a half century, but people have been visiting it since the 1800s.

Today, you can enjoy a revamped trail system that not only leads to Wisconsin’s largest natural arch but also to an overlook and through the woods past an old farm building. Unlike most other areas under Wisconsin’s state park system, this place is primitive as far as amenities are concerned, leaving you to focus on the natural features."

"A magnificent sandstone arch, the largest in the state, is the star of the show, typically overshadowing a nice challenging hike across a neighboring bluff. Educational signage makes this a minicourse in medicinal plants.

This quiet, out-of-the-way state park draws visitors to see its 35-foot-high sandstone arch, but most people don’t realize that between 9000 and 8000 B.C., this place was already occupied, making it one of the oldest confirmed settlements in northeastern North America. Archaeologists found artifacts and animal remains—15 different types of mollusks and 50 vertebrates, ranging from passenger pigeon to mountain lion—in and around a rock shelter at the base of the arch. Tribes such as the Fox and the Sauk also occupied the area prior to the arrival of white settlers, but even they are relatively late arrivals."

Natural Bridge State Park Reviews

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Beautiful trail! Wildflowers, butterflies and abundant birds. The bridge is very cool with access above the bridge.
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Trail Information

Baraboo
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.3 miles
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Views
Features
Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913; (608) 356-8301; map also available through Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/naturalbridge/
Local Contacts
USGS Black Hawk, WI; trail map available through trail contact
Local Maps

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Oct 2018