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.
Facilities and Activities
Wildcat Den State Park offers a variety of picnic settings ideal for a pleasant outdoor cookout. There are two open shelters available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.
Wildcat Den State Park is a great place for a family to "get away from it all" for a weekend or a family vacation. The campground has several campsites and non-modern rest room facilities. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping is also available at Fairport Recreation Area.
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.
Bird Watching, Camping - Nonelectric, Camping - Youth Group, Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Interpretive Programs, Non-modern Campground, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Restrooms, Stream/Creek, Trails, Hiking, Walking, Water Hydrants , Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing