Wildcat Den State Park is the perfect family vacation or weekend getaway.

The campground has 28 campsites and non-modern restroom facilities with seventy-five percent of the sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the campgrounds happen to be full when you swing by, there is also camping available at the Fairport Recreation Area.

Wildcat Den Trail

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. The highlight of Wildcat Den happens to be its trail system. With trails that wind through a variety of terrain leading to beautiful bluffs and rock outcroppings, it provides hikers with fascinating views and sights

Wildcat Den Trail
Pine Creek Grist Mill at Wildcat Den State Park.

Additionally, Pine Creek Grist Mill, a mill that was built in 1848 by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County’s first settlers. 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 Melpine Schoolhouse located near the mill, offers park visitors a glimpse of Iowa’s past.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Scott.

Nearby Towns

Muscatine, Iowa , is located 10 miles west of Wildcat Den while Davenport, is located 15 miles east of the park.

Within park

  • Bird Watching
  • Camping – Nonelectric
  • Camping – Youth Group
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Non-modern Campground
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Restrooms
  • Stream/Creek
  • Trails
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Photo courtesy of Matthew Scott.

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