Devil's Punchbowl - Menomonie's Serene Cove
Unless you live in, or plan on visiting, the west-central Wisconsin city of Menomonie, you'll probably never get the opportunity to visit what is known as the "Devil's Punchbowl." As indicated by the sign at the entrance, the Devil's Punchbowl is used as a scientific study area, although I tend to believe most visits to the location are for less scholarly reasons.
From the road, the Devil's Punchbowl doesn't look like anything more than a path through the thick Wisconsin woods. Once you begin to venture down the path into the woods, however, a huge staircase leads you to the floor of the Punchbowl. Before I had visited the location myself, I merely thought people were exaggerating when they spoke its astonishing beauty. As you can see from the pictures below, they weren't exaggerating at all.
Several websites claim that the Devil's Punchbowl is haunted, which is about the only information I could find online about the place. One claim states that samples of the Punchbowl's water will retain an unusual level of clarity despite the high level of bacteria in the water. Another claim states that a sample of the water will stay "ice cold" for an unusual amount of time after being collected. "Orb" sightings have also been reported, but an extensive study, as far as I know, has never been conducted.
I don't know whether or not the place is haunted, but I do know it is a beautiful, hidden paradise tucked away on the outskirts of Menomonie, Wis. If you ever get the chance, stop by and check it out. Oh, and don't forget a camera!