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Muscatine - Wildcat Den State Park

1884 Wildcat Den Road

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.

One of the focal points of the park is the Pine Creek Grist Mill located in the eastern part of the park on Pine Creek. The mill was built in 1848 by Benjamin Nye, one of Muscatine County's first settlers who also built the county's first store and post office in 1838. The Pine Creek Grist Mill is one of the finest examples of mid nineteenth century mills left in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working to restore the mill to its original condition. The "turn of the century" Melpine Schoolhouse is located near the mill and offers park visitors another glimpse of Iowa's past.


Antony Diener

Friday, March 30, 2018
There were a few places in the park where garbage was sitting around, but otherwise fairly clean. The trails are reasonably well maintained. Definitely some cool things to see at this park.

Heidi Stanley

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
This is a favorite place of mine and my family's to go for an afternoon of adventure, climbing, picnicking, cooking out or even a camping event if the urge hits us. The grounds are very well kept and the sights are amazing when the spillway is running high.

Sean Steele

Monday, March 19, 2018
This park is awesome. Always see something new when I visit. Camping area is primitive, no water or electric. There is another campground near by that offers full hookups and a river view.

Jason Borg

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
I wasn't able to visit all of the park, but I did go on a hike to see some of the rock features and caves. The park seems well maintained and a beautiful place to get out into nature. As an amateur photographer there are lots of beautiful things to take pictures of almost any time of year.

Jennifer Aranda

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
Perfect for a day to get away from the heat. We went in the beginning of July, on a day that was in the upper 80's and on our hike, it was perfect. The canopy of trees cooled the hiking path at least 10-15 degrees. It felt incredible. And the rock formations and the paths were similar you the experience we had at starved rock. But it's closer to home and not at all crowded. I think we saw a dozen people over the course of 4 hours. It felt pretty secluded, especially in comparison to starved rock. I would highly recommend wild cat den to anyone looking for a fairly easy but also scenic and enjoyable hike.

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