Parfrey's Glen Scientific Area Trail

Merrimac, Wisconsin 53561

Parfrey's Glen Scientific Area Trail

Parfrey's Glen Scientific Area Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Parfrey’s Glen is one of the loveliest, most intimate little spots in Wisconsin. Though the inner gorge is only about 0.25-mile long, it holds enough fascination to permanently etch itself in your memory. This trek will take you deeper and deeper into an ever narrowing gorge, where each twist and turn reveal another beautiful scene. The glen was once a place only a few people knew about by word of mouth. The 0.5-mile hike from the parking area helps keep the crowds down, but your best chance for the old experience of unfolding wonder is to visit in winter.

As you travel through the gorge, you may see reedlike segmented plants pushing up through the snow. This is scouring rush, an ancient type that predates leafy, flowering plants.

Surface quality: Ungroomed, hiker and snowshoer packed. Fees: yes."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day use
860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Devils Lake State Park
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Jul 2018