Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1 mile
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
Spring through fall
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913; (608) 356-8301
Local Contacts
USGS North Freedom, WI; basic map available from trail contact and online
Local Maps