More Parks, Trails & Natural Areas

Wisconsin State Natural Areas

If you are seeking a “road less traveled”, the Baraboo hills area offers a variety of lesser known parks, natural areas and trails.  You simply need to find them! Explore deep gorges at Parfrey’s Glen or Pewit’s Nest. Be amazed by a large hidden sandstone bridge at Natural Bridge State park, or enjoy a family day riding bikes on the 400 trail.  There is so much to see  & do for the nature lover in you! Our natural areas guide will give you the local scoop!

The sections below offer lots of information on each location including photographs, more detailed descriptions and maps. We’ve listed them by proximity to the north shore of Devil’s Lake State Park (closest to furthest).


Sauk Prairie Recreational Area

Newly opened recreational area and former army ammunition plant on the southern border of Devil’s Lake State Park.


Merrimac Preserve

13 miles of trail through restored prairie, wetlands. Section of the Ice Age trail directly across the road from Devil’s Lake’s Roznos Meadow.

– Distance from DLK: Approx:  5 miles


Parfrey’s Glen Natural Area

Stream runs through cool deep gorge. See, waterfall, rock formations, rare plants.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 7 miles


Pewit’s Nest

Water falls and pools chain through deep gorge. Hike over the top looking in.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 7 miles


Baxter’s Hollow

Quiet way to enjoy the best of the Baraboo hills. Manged by the Nature Conservancy.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 11 miles


Durward’s Glen

Nature, retreat deep in the Baraboo hills.  trails, chapel, offers lodging.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 11 miles


Mirror Lake & Rocky Arbor State Park

Camping, swimming, fishing, hiking trails, bike trails, near Wisconsin Dells.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 13 miles


Gibraltar Rock

200 ft., flat-top butte provides amazing overlooks of lake Wisconsin & rural landscapes

– Distance from DLK:  Approx: 14 Miles via Merrimac Free Ferry. 25 miles when the ferry is closed.


Ableman’s Gorge

Short trail, high cliffs, artesian well, & Van Hise rock.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 14 miles


Lower Narrows State Natural Area

High bluff overlooks the Baraboo Valley.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 16 miles


Blackhawk Unit – Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

Wisconsin Heights Battlefield, Hiking, Ski & Horseback trails.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 20 miles


Natural Bridge State Park

High sandstone bridge hidden deep in the Wisconsin woods.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 20 miles


Pine Hollow

Hiking trail, mature forests and strong bird breeding community as far “off the beaten path” as you’ll get in our area.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 20 miles


White Mound County Park

Camping, Swimming, Horseback Camping, Hiking Trails, XC skiing and more.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 32 miles


Dells of The Wisconsin River

hiking trail in Wisconsin Dells, best viewed by boat however.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 19 miles


Ferry Bluff

Beautiful overlook of the Wisconsin River Valley.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 20 miles


400 State Bike Trail

22 mile Bike trail on old rail bed perfect for whole family.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 22 miles


The Spring Green Preserve

“Wisconsin’s Desert”.  See cactus and more in this slice of rare dry prairie.

– Distance from DLK: Approx: 35 miles


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