Wildcat Den State Park, IA

Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique parks in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, unique trails and preservation of historical structures. Historical Attractions Two historical attractions both have active friends groups. One is the "turn of the century...
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Wildcat Den Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 43 Back-In
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Wildcat Den Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 46 Back-In
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Wildcat Den Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 54 Back-In
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Wildcat Den Campground Standard Non-Electric 6 50 Back-In
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Overview

Description

Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique parks in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, unique trails and preservation of historical structures.

Historical Attractions
Two historical attractions both have active friends groups. One is the "turn of the century" Melpine one-room schoolhouse, which is located in the park and offers visitors a glimpse of Iowa's past.

The other historical attraction is the Pine Creek Grist Mill, which was built in 1848. The mill was built by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County's first settlers. He also built the county's first store and post office in 1838. The mill is one of the finest examples of mid-19th century mills left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill is being restored to its original condition. Great strides have been made at the mill and it is now grinding corn for the first time in more than 75 years.

Recreation:

Trails
One of the major features of Wildcat Den State Park is the 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 majestic cliffs are composed of 300 million year-old sandstone and provide spectacular views for hikers.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
Wildcat Den offers a variety of picnic areas ideal for family gatherings or a pleasant outdoor cookout. There are two open shelters that can be reserved.

Camping
Wildcat Den is a great place for a family to "get away from it all" for a weekend or a family vacation. Campsites can be reserved in the nonmodern campground which has water and vault toilets. There are no showers and there is no electrical service to the campsites.

Nearby Attractions:

The park friends groups in conjuction with the park staff sponsor a few special events in the fall. Heritage Days in September gives visitors a chance to take part in historic activities, enjoy music and food. A 5-K run also takes place in the park in September. The Ghosts of Pine Creek, an educational reenactment of the mill's early history, takes place in October.

Nearby Towns
Muscatine, Iowa is located 10 miles west of Wildcat Den. Davenport, the third largest city in Iowa, is located 15 miles east of the park.

Booking Window

Shelters

Mon Aug 04 2014 - Fri Jul 31 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Sat Aug 02 2014 - Fri Oct 31 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • PICNIC AREA
  • PICNICKING
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • RESTROOMS
  • RIVER/STREAM
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • WILDFLOWER VIEWING
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • CHURCH
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Town
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Hospital
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $9.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Shelters $25.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Non-Electric $9.00
Shelters $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.46778, -90.88111
41°28'4"N, 90°52'52"W

On Highway 22 go 12 miles east of Muscatine then turn north on Wildcat Den Ave. and go 1 mile to the park entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Wildcat Den State Park
1884 Wildcat Den Road
Muscatine  IA  52761

Phone Number:

Project Office: (563) 263 - 4337
Additional Information