Wildcat Den Trail

MODERATE 61 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
603 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.

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20 days 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
22 days 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.

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2 months ago

Great hike. Recommend for everyone.

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3 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!

3 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.

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