Explore Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

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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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 30 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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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!


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