Waterfalls are Wisconsin’s hidden gems


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Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area features a natural waterfall and beautiful scenery that hikers can enjoy.

Lauren Taillon, Staff Writer

Even though Wisconsin is known for being cold and snowy, few can argue with the state’s beauty. The nature in Wisconsin rivals many other states with the combination of white sand beaches along Lake Michigan, the vibrant autumn colors, the vast number of state parks with breathtaking views and its majestic waterfalls.
Some people may be surprised to learn that Wisconsin is home to more than 40 waterfalls. While most of those waterfalls are up north, there are a few that are closer to Madison. There are three pretty impressive ones in Green Bay, and six smaller ones roughly an hour from Madison.
Near Madison, you have Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area and Pewits Nest by Baraboo, Stephens Falls outside Dodgeville and Montello Granite Quarry. The three by Green Bay are Big Smokey Falls, Brown County WI Fonferek’s Glen and Wequiock Falls.
To see some of the biggest waterfalls in Wisconsin, there is actually a waterfall road trip that Dave Schlabowske compiled on the Bikepacking website. This route will allow travelers to see 28 waterfalls over a distance of 382 miles.
This loop spans over Ashland County, Bayfield County, Iron County and Sawyer County. For a chance to see the biggest waterfall in Wisconsin, drive to Superior to see Big Manitou Falls, which is an impressive 165 feet. To put that in perspective, it’s about half the size of Niagara Falls.
Visiting Wisconsin’s waterfalls is a perfect activity or trip for hikers, bikers and campers of all kinds. Regardless of what ones skill level is or where they live in Wisconsin, there is a waterfall adventure that is just right for everyone.