Wildcat Den Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews
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Wildcat Den Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Muscatine, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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. 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.

hiking
27 days ago

Hike the trail yesterday with a 7 year old. Spent 2 1/2 hours. We enjoyed it greatly. Will definitely go back. Wish the trail was a little better marked. We do not know if we saw these three place or not "Steamboat Rock," "Devil's Punch Bowl," and " Fat Man's Squeeze." we also did not see the trail to the Mill. Even so we had a great time!!! Will go back.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked trail for the first time yesterday. without a trail map it's difficult to know your way around. The trail itself was awesome. Would definitely reccomend and will definitely return.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenery! We enjoyed the hike to the saw mill.

3 months ago

cool rock formations.

hiking
5 months ago

Great scenery! Would have given it a five but the trails were not marked very well.

hiking
5 months ago

Trails well maintained. Very scenic. Not much for signs. Had to depend on all trails tracker.

hiking
8 months ago

I agree with Doug Wilmsmeyer and his 5 stars for scenery (and the maintenance of the trails), but only one sign the whole distance, and several forks in the trail, so 2 stars fro signage, which was nearly non-existent.

hiking
8 months ago

5 stars for the scenery. 2 stars for the signage. Several groups were confused even with the map because of so may side-loops. If you want a quick in-and-out, park in the area where the road loops (looks like a teardrop on the map). Then get on the trail to the south west.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike. Recommend for everyone.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

Prepare to lose your breath and bring extra clothes if you'd like to take a small swim in the river. Very worth it!

11 months ago

I grew up near Wildcat Den and it's still one of my favorite state parks in Iowa. I love taking my kids there now. It's a great place for a family hike and it offers such great scenery.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Very few people. Amazing scenery. Can't wait to go back

hiking
Monday, December 26, 2016

Not too overcrowded. Nice scenery.

mountain biking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Is the trail open to mountain biking?? Thanks.

walking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Since this park is close by, it is a great place to get out and enjoy the trails at anytime. There are trails that are fairly easy and some that are more challenging. A great place to get a quick workout in on a weekend.

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Great!

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

We loved this trail! Hard enough for a decent work out without killing yourself. Very pretty. We enjoyed the varied scenery and beautiful trails.

walking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

This park was awesome! They have trails that are in the woods, but we (including the dog) decided to play in the river, and climb up the rock faces! If you bring good shoes or good hiking shoes, you can go about anywhere! And of course, it's completely dog safe!

hiking
Tuesday, March 01, 2016

2/29/2016 Leap year! It ended up being a wonderful way to celebrate an extra day this year. I saw about 15 deer in three different locations. Wintertime sloppy muddy but very relaxing and enjoyable. If I'm in the area again I will definitely come back. Most of the trail is wide enough for sports utility vehicle to drive through. Some of it does get very hilly and is more of a off path trail. The rating says easy but I would say it was moderate in spots. I would love to come back in the summertime.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Great place to hike! Beautiful area!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Just completed this hike today with my dog for the first time. It was a pretty fun hike. There's lots of beautiful sights and some steep terrain. I had fun because my dog and I went off trail and did some climbing. It can get pretty crowded on nice days.

hiking
Friday, January 02, 2015

Great local place for a nice quick hike. lots of stairs, stream and rock. Great scenery with Grist Mill, School. They are adding a period style log cabin (complete 2015?) next to the settlers cemetary. Nice park

hiking
Saturday, December 27, 2014

Coming from a 25 year stint in SE Minnesota, I didn't know what to expect going to this park. I'm sure I camped here in scouting days, but have no recollection of the park.
That said, I enjoyed the park. Fairly easy hike, easy drive from the Quad Cities area. Nice quiet location. Creeks and some sandstone cliffs to view which are nice. Grist Mill is interesting.
I have yet to see any critters outside of hearing birds.

hiking
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Good day out !

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

Beautiful and a great workout. It would be nice if it were signed better from one trail to the next.

hiking
Monday, March 31, 2014

It was the 1st nice day after a long winter and we needed to get the dogs out for a hike. This was our 1st visit to the park and we really like the rock formation and view. Just a nice trail that we will go back and do it again

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I don't think this is Iowa. Very cool State Park area. I was not sure what to expect when I trekked to this small piece of non-farm land. However, the first hike I took dropped me down into this canyon with stone walls surrounding us and a flowing creek near by. I was hooked on this park. A hike along the bluffs in another area was also awesome. Sights include canyons, high bluffs, typical forest animals, creeks, river, mill, campground. Definitely worth my hour drive, will be going back again soon.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nice trail. Enough rain lately to make the stream pleasant to be by. Nice tune up starter trail.

hiking
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nice Park with some scenic trails. Excellent for a day hike. Spent the Afternoon hiking. The trails are well maintained. Will return again.

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