Parfrey's Glen

Merrimac, Wisconsin

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This is a local favorite for a quick stroll through a natural beauty, Parfrey’s Glen.This hike may be short, but the charming sandstone glen, gurgling brook, small waterfall, and unusual species of plants are cause for lingering. Parfrey’s Glen, a picturesque, a quarter-mile-long sandstone gorge, cuts through the Baraboo Hills’ south slope 5.0 miles east of Devil’s Lake. Robert Parfrey, the site’s namesake, operated a grain mill near the mouth of the narrow canyon in the 1870s. Today the glen has state scientific area status to protect its rare plants. The glen is a moist, shaded environment, harboring plants such as white pine, yellow birch, and mountain maple that are more typical of northern Wisconsin.

Parfrey's Glen Professional Review and Guide

"This is a local favorite for a quick stroll through a natural beauty, Parfrey’s Glen.This hike may be short, but the charming sandstone glen, gurgling brook, small waterfall, and unusual species of plants are cause for lingering.

Parfrey’s Glen, a picturesque, a quarter-mile-long sandstone gorge, cuts through the Baraboo Hills’ south slope 5.0 miles east of Devil’s Lake. Robert Parfrey, the site’s namesake, operated a grain mill near the mouth of the narrow canyon in the 1870s. Today the glen has state scientific area status to protect its rare plants. The glen is a moist, shaded environment, harboring plants such as white pine, yellow birch, and mountain maple that are more typical of northern Wisconsin."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Merrimac
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: April - October
Local Contacts: Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, 53913; (608) 356-8301; dnr.wi.gov
Local Maps: USGS Baraboo
Driving Directions: Directions to Parfrey's Glen

Recent Trail Reviews

11/22/2009
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The view at the end is worth trudging 0.7 miles and gaining a grueling 241 feet of elevation for. Enjoy!


5/27/2003
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This is a short one mile round trip hike. The Glen is located east of Devil's Lake State Park. You can hike from Devil's Lake to Parfrey's Glen using the 4.5 mile Sauk Point segment of the Ice Age Trail. Hiking into the Glen, you start off on a gravel road. The road turns into a trail. The further you go into the Glen the rock wall get higher. There is a small waterfall at end of the hike. It is a beautiful place to hike.



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May 2018