Explore Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

3.8
1 miles 30 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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.

Please note this warning from the park's website: Climbing on rock walls, cliff jumping or entering the closed area for any reason is prohibited, and violators will be subject to a $175 citation. Visitors are also prohibited from bringing in food or beverage or being on the property between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Fines for violations of those rules range from $175 to $200.

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.

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Local Spot - Please Respect It

5 stars for the experience and views although it currently has a 1 star for the disrespect the area has been receiving. Pewit's Nest used to be a well-kept secret but that has changed in the last couple of years. I am an advocate for everyone to have access to our natural areas - but if you go please, please clean up any garbage you see, pack out what you pack in, and share this message with people you see who are not respecting the area. It deserves better.

My Favorite Place To Go In The Midwest

So fun to cliff jump, and it's absolutely gorgeous to be in. It's very slippery so be careful because I have a massive scar on my leg from slipping but it is an absolutely breath taking view

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.

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!

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

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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