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Wildcat Den State Park

1884 Wildcat Den Road
563-263-4337

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.



Reviews

Andy Willer

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Monday, June 4, 2018
Explore boulder-lined trails, especially from the small road at the bottom of the park but can hike to them from other parking lots too. So saturated in green here, very beautiful. I saw deer and several types of birds: cardinals, robins and bluebird or indigo hunting (flew off to fast for an ID but a bright blue flash)

Beth

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Monday, July 9, 2018
Really nice State Park. Not very crowded and very cool and shady even on a pretty hot day. Our dogs loved the trails. It was beautiful and peaceful.

Dennis manary

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Bring the whole family!! Lovely trails along rocky overcroppings, little nooks and streams go throughout the park, there is a mill with a waterfall for the creek that is really fun in the summer as a pool is created for a swimming hole, every summer you will find people swimming in the knee high water or sitting under the waterfall. There is no cost to come here and walk the trails or play in the creek, there are places with grills and picknick tables and I believe a space for camping. It's a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. The trails are very mild no problem at all. Just good walking shoes.

Andrew K

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
When all the camp sites are full, the picnic area is a great place to sleep, (under the picnic table works well when its raining). It's much quieter than the campground, (Some of the campers are very loud and obnoxious). If you do decide to camp here be careful not to sleep over a wild cat den!😉

Heather Patena

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
My fiance and i called the office the day before we were planning on leaving to make a reservation for an RV site. The guy said he is off tomorrow.... ( on a Thursday) and there wont be anyone in the office.... then he said you have to make reservations 2 days in advance and its first come first serve. We are traveling to Algona Iowa and thought it qould be a good stopping point and decided to try anyway. Well, we arrived a little after 4, after we drove around for what seemed like forever trying to find the office. They were closed.... there were no signs which made this whole unbearable process take even longer and then we find out that there is not in RV camping!!! And no showers! What campground doesnt have showers..... yuck.... completely disappointed....worst yet...

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