Location: South Central Wisconsin
Trip Starts: Devil’s Lake
Trip Ends: Devil’s Lake
Total Distance: 4 miles
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Trails Used: Ice Age Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Devil’s Lake State Park
S5975 Park Road.
Baraboo, WI. 53913
Park Office: 608.356.8301


Devil’s Lake became a state park in 1910 but it has been a popular tourist attraction for more than a century. The lake is located about three miles south of Baraboo in hills referred to as the South Range. Devil’s Lake sits in an opening or gap in the rocks, and the ancient hills around it are formed of quartzite rock, which consists of grains of sand tightly cemented together. According to geologists, the sand was deposited by rivers as they drained into shallow seas covering this area a billion years ago.

Devil’s Lake State Park has spectacular views from 500 foot cliffs, miles of hiking trails, swimming areas including two large sandy beaches, hundreds of campsites, mountain bike trails, and cross country ski trails. Part of the 1,000 mile Wisconsin Ice Age Trail also passes through the park. During our overnight visit, we hiked a moderate to difficult wooded section that runs between Parfrey’s Glen and the Ice Age Loop. There are spectacular views to the south in this area and you can see the Wisconsin River in the distance. The hike is four miles and takes about three hours.

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