Wildcat Cave Trail

EASY 8 reviews

Wildcat Cave Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eldora, Iowa that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

river

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

no dogs

This 2 mile trail takes you down the ravine to Wildcat Cave. DO NOT ENTER TRAILS IF THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF RAIN IN CASE OF FLASH FLOODING. To find Wildcat Cave cross the footbridge and follow the ravine to the right and down towards the river about 30 feet. Conditions are overgrown, muddy and rocky. The cave is perched in the red sandstone wall about 15 feet above the dry stream bed on the left. It is about 6 feet high for the first 10 feet then drops to a crawling height for the remaining 20 feet. At the entrance you will see carved signatures dating back to the 19th century and petrified wood deeper within the cave. The cave is muddy and smells of animal. Bring a bright flashlight, gloves and kneepads for crawling. The book "Iowa Underground: A Guide to the State's Subterranean Treasures" has more information and is available to view for free on books.google.com.

hiking
41 minutes ago

I can't speak to the actual trail. I can tell you that the entrance is on a dirt road in the middle of a cornfield with no parking and completely surrounded by "No Trespassing" signs. I drove out with my 7 and 5 year old nephew in tow... nothing about the situation was kid friendly. May try again alone as it does sound interesting.

hiking
7 days ago

Very rocky but fairly easy. Make sure it is a dry day with no chance of rain. Pretty interesting little place.

hiking
24 days ago

wildcat cave trail is mis-marked, if you cross the foot bridge and go down the ravine you will be crossing private property and the owner can get very cross. To be safe follow the marker posts up the hill then go several miles south go to the river bottom and walk north until you come to that same ravine as you have been told. You walk east north east up the ravine and the cave is on your right or to your south as you walk. It is really not much of a cave, it starts out about 6 feet tall at the entrance and the closes to nothing in about 4 feet, again, not much of a cave..So, is it really worth upsetting the property owner, please RESPECT PRIVATE PROPERTY

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nice short hike down a beautiful, secluded ravine

hiking
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This is a super easy hike as long as the ravine is dry. The cave is a neat bit of history. Very Indiana Jones!

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016