Explore Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

Wisconsin Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

Added by Cameron Cech

Located in what is seemingly farm land near Devils Lake State Park, this hidden gem offers trails to explore a small series of waterfalls.

Starting from the parking lot it only takes 5-10 minutes to arrive at the falls; if you stay right at the fork you come to the bottom of the falls. The bottom of the falls isn't as scenic but it does offer an opportunity to swim during warmer weather. Going left at the fork takes you to the top of the gorge which houses the waterfalls. It is easy to explore the area from above, but getting into the gorge for a better view can be dangerous. Cliff jumping may be tempting, but several people who have been seriously injured doing so resulted in a rule to not allow climbing on or jumping off the rocks. The rules also say that food and drink are not allowed.

This scenic natural area can be explored in a short time and is perfect for those already visiting Devil's Lake State Park or Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area.

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes/boots
  • Camera
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

30 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area

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How to Get There

26 days ago

Short but Sweet

Summer is obviously the best time to go; you can chill out in the pools of water below the waterfalls and really just relax the day away. However, if you are in the mood for moderate challenge, this is not your venue. You can see everything you'd like in under 3 hours. Add a few more spots on your destination by checking out Parfrey's Glen, Natural Bridge, Baxter's Hollow, or the obvious-Devil's Lake State Park.

26 days ago

5 months ago

Beautiful spot

Pewit's Nest is a wonderful and beautiful gem featuring several waterfalls and deep pools. However, try to avoid hiking here during planting or harvesting time as the tractors on the farm fields just a stones throw from the area can be distracting. Very scenic and bring your camera!

5 months ago

8 months ago

Social Media Ruined It

It's a beautiful place that used to be really peaceful and quiet but it was leaked on social media and now it's really busy...people are littering there and just being disrespectful to the natural beauty of the site

8 months ago

9 months ago

It Was Alright But....

While I was visiting this location with my daughter and some friends many people were cliff jumping. I had to assist a person that jumped into a pool that was not deep enough. This person had a compound fracture of their leg. It's a beautiful area, there's too many people because social media blew it up, and if you're thinking about cliff jumping - don't. The person was lucky that I am oec certified and a emt. Also the DNR her watching and waiting for people to get injured. I spoke to a DNR warden and he stated that if people keep getting injured they will shut this part down.

9 months ago

Added by Cameron Cech

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