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Wildcat Den State Park
WILDCAT DEN STATE PARK
WILDCAT DEN STATE PARK
1884 Wildcat Den Road
Muscatine, Iowa   52761

Phone: 563-263-4337
Reservations: 877-427-2757
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Wildcat Den State Park

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Wildcat Den State Park
'Wild Cat Sign'
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

Entry sign

Wildcat Den State Park
'Stairs'
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The steps going down to Devils Punchbowl. Very early spring.

Wildcat Den State Park
'View from a bridge'
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This is a creek bed in really early spring.

Wildcat Den State Park
'Smaller '
© Pictures taken by Mindy R. Berry

This is a smaller punch bowl a little off one of the trails.

Camping
Wildcat Den State Park is a great place for a family to "get away from it all" for a weekend or a family vacation. The campground has 28 campsites and non-modern rest room facilities. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping is also available at Fairport Recreation Area.


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Picnicking
Wildcat Den State Park offers a variety of picnic settings ideal for a pleasant outdoor cookout. There are two open shelters available and may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.
Trails
One of the major features of Wildcat Den State Park is its trail system. Trails wind through a variety of terrain and lead to such fascinating sites as "Steamboat Rock," "Devil's Punch Bowl," and " Fat Man's Squeeze." The beautiful bluffs and rock outcroppings provide spectacular views to hikers.
Area Attractions
For a different type of camping experience, why not try the Fairport Recreation Area Campground located 6 miles away from Wildcat Den State Park on Highway 22. Fairport is located right on the Mississippi River and offers 42 campsites, all of which have electrical hook-ups. Modern shower and rest room facilities and a trailer dump station are available at the Fairport Campground. The same opportunities for reserving campsites that occur at Wildcat Den apply here.

There are 3 boat ramps available at the Fairport area and provide plenty of boating access to the "Father of Waters." A fish cleaning station is provided as well as docks for loading and unloading boats.

The Fairport Recreation Area provides excellent access and viewing of the Mississippi River. The large towboats, recreational boaters, river wildlife (especially birds) and the majesty of the river all parade in front of the campground.

Pine Creek Grist Mill at Wildcat Den State Park.

Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, preservation of historical structures, trails, camping and picnic areas for recreational use.

One of the focal points of the park is the Pine Creek Grist Mill located in the eastern part of the park on Pine Creek. The mill was built in 1848 by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County's first settlers who also built the county's first store and post office in 1838. The Pine Creek Grist Mill is one of the finest examples of mid nineteenth century mills left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working to restore the mill to its original condition. The "turn of the century" Melpine Schoolhouse is located near the mill and offers park visitors another glimpse of Iowa's past.

A portion of the park was donated to the state by the Brandt sisters who actually lived there at one time. A bronze tablet dedicated to their memory has been placed in sandstone in a lovely setting where centuries-old pine trees line 75-foot cliffs.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 4 A great memory by allanS
In 1961 after some rapelling I was climbing the cliff, was ~50 feet up when the ledge I was standing on gave way. Luckily I grabbed some tree roots hanging down the cliff face and pulled myself up about 25 feet to the top and was fine. It made a lasting memory.
August 1 by Dave
I miss going there with friends and family for like cookouts.
February 5 buckskinners camp
Sept camped with the buckskinners at the park and had great time. Beautiful trails and a good time was had by all. I do know I will be back this year.
August 11 Beautiful scenery.... by Kristin
The scenery is very beautiful. You could spend all day hiking and then cool off at the mill. Unfortunately the park rangers seemed to discriminate against my fiance, our friends, and myself. We followed the rules yet they continued to stop by our site while leaving the other campers alone. They also tended to be rude. Unfortunately because of the park rangers attitudes we will not be spending our money to camp there but we will patron the mill.
August 11 Great
Love this place
April 21 Great place by Kesha
Wild cat den is a great place to camp and walk and it is just great!!!!! :)
November 8 My Favorite Place by aLeXiS
I love going 2 this place it is so beautiful.
May 29
April 29 Awesome park by Kim Tomasson
We camp there evey summer and love the friendly people,the wonderful sites and the peacefullness. Its great toget away.
August 19 One of my favorite places
I grew up camping and hiking on the trails at Wildcat Den. As an adult who has moved away, every time I come back to visit family, I make sure to take a trip out to Wildcat Den.
May 29 will always be our favorite place! by Mindy B.
this place is absolutly breath taking. we are even having our wedding there on one of the trails.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILHotels/Motels
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
59.5 miles from park*
Starved Rock Lodge Conference Center - Oglesby, ILHotels/Motels
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...
Web Site: starvedrocklodge.com/
98.4 miles from park*
Mississippi River Lodge - Thomson, ILBBs / Inns
Located right on the banks on the Mighty Mississippi River between Savanna and Thomson Illinois. Our location has one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi River around.
Web Site: mississippiriverlodge.com
54.1 miles from park*
Savanna - Savanna, ILHotels/Motels
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
57.2 miles from park*
Area Resources
Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILTourism
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
59.5 miles from park*
Savanna - Savanna, ILTourism
Located just 30 minutes from Galena and 2 hours from Chicago, Savanna is a great place for renewal and regeneration. We invite you to browse through our web-site and plan your getaway today.
Web Site: visitsavanna.com
57.2 miles from park*
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