Wildcat Den State Park

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Wildcat Den State Park is located about 10 miles northeast of the city of Muscatine. There's a lot to do at the park, so plan on spending significant time there.

While at Wildcat Den, take a moment to step into life in a small frontier town by visiting Melpine Schoolhouse and Pine Creek Grist Mill. Listening to the rumble of grinding wheels turning, one can almost see the miller grinding flour for the townspeople. Tour guides share the history of the mill along with life in the 1800s. The Mill has regular hours during the summer months, but is fascinating at any time of year. Also, don't forget to check out the Old Stone Church!

Hiking trails help visitors enjoy the beauty of nature at Wildcat Den. Trails wind through various terrain; you can find a trail perfect for hikers of any experience level. They lead visitors past Steamboat Rock, Devil’s Punchbowl and Fat Man’s Squeeze, offering spectacular views along the way. While always stunning, the park is especially beautiful in the fall, when the leaves are turning.

Wildcat Den has 28 non-electric, non-modern camping sites and picnic areas throughout the park, as well. Open shelters can be reserved.


Call 563-263-4337 or visit Wildcat Den's webpage. Maps of the trails and information about camping are available on the website.

Also, see this blog post by local travel blogger Kim Warren about hiking in Wildcat Den for information about enjoying the park with young children.