Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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Even though it’s a rather short hike, this trek to a picturesque sandstone gorge along Skillet Creek has a wealth of opportunities for exploration: You might pick your way through the underbrush on the creek’s banks to try to spot wildlife, or just stop and admire the sandstone formations that arch overhead (however, in order to help preserve the formations, please don’t climb on the rocks). Also known as Peewee’s Nest, this 36-acre site along a rural road west of Baraboo was once the abode of a hermit who constructed a dwelling in one of the sandstone caves above the creek that resembled the nest of a phoebe, a bird also called a peewit, or pewit. It was designated a State Natural Area in 1985.

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"Even though it’s a rather short hike, this trek to a picturesque sandstone gorge along Skillet Creek has a wealth of opportunities for exploration: You might pick your way through the underbrush on the creek’s banks to try to spot wildlife, or just stop and admire the sandstone formations that arch overhead (however, in order to help preserve the formations, please don’t climb on the rocks).

Also known as Peewee’s Nest, this 36-acre site along a rural road west of Baraboo was once the abode of a hermit who constructed a dwelling in one of the sandstone caves above the creek that resembled the nest of a phoebe, a bird also called a peewit, or pewit. It was designated a State Natural Area in 1985."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 1 mile
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Birding
Features: Views, Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913; (608) 356-8301
Local Maps: USGS North Freedom, WI; basic map available from trail contact and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

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May 2018