Devil’s Lake State Park
Address: S5975 Park Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
Latitude/Longitude: 43.429979, -89.736436
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Phone: (608) 356-8301
Devil’s Lake State Park has so many things going for it, it is hard to pick one thing to highlight. It is the largest and most visited state park and probably the most beautiful!
For outdoor aficionados it offers everything from hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, paddling, picnicking, scuba diving, fishing and sandy beaches just perfect for sunbathing and swimming. In the winter months it offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing. You can do all of these things in one of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin. Devil’s Lake State Park is thought to be over 1.6 billion years old and is part of the glaciated drift areas formed during the ice age. It actually offers 12 miles of hiking along the Ice Age Trail and is part of the Baraboo Hills, declared as a National Nature Landmark by the National Park Service. In addition, the Nature Conservancy has designated the Baraboo Range as one of only 77 Last Great Places in the world.
There are over 29 miles of scenic hiking trails from easy to difficult among many unusual rock formations like Balanced Rock and Devil’s Doorway to name just a few. The park and the Baraboo Hills are often featured among the best fall color tour areas in the entire United States. If you venture out on one of the bluff trails during the fall color season you will be amazed at the stunning colors and the beauty around you.
Every season has something to offer here, in the spring the first wildflowers present themselves, the summer in full foliage along with warm temps. brings out the water worshipers and vacationers. The fall is also very popular for fall color viewing and fewer tourists and the stark beauty in the winter should not be missed, some of our areas best cross country skiing is offered in the park.
From the Author: I've visited almost every state park in Wisconsin, and Devil's Lake is by far my favorite. I feel so lucky to live so close to this gem. If you visit you will also want to drive some of our areas designated Rough Roads located in the Baraboo Hills.
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