Known as one of the most beautiful and unique state parks anywhere in Iowa, Wildcat Den State Park offers a diverse range of activities, attractions, and experiences. The absolute best thing about the park, however, is that you can stay the night with your canine companion by your side.
Located in Muscatine County, the park is home to 75-foot cliffs, pristine hiking trails, and a number of interesting historical sites. With a number of bluffs and rocky outcroppings, Wildcat Den State Park offers distinctive natural scenery, including memorably named attractions like Devil's Punch Bowl and Fat Man's Squeeze. The best way to see them all is to set out on foot along the park's extensive trail system.
History buffs can check out the Pine Creek Grist Mill, which is located in the eastern part of the park and was built in 1848. The Melpine Schoolhouse, which dates to the turn of the century and offers a glimpse into Iowa's past, is also nearby.
If you're planning on staying the night, Wildcat Den's campground features 28 non-electric sites. Standard non-electric sites in Wildcat Den State Park start from $6 per night in the off-peak season. However, it's worth pointing out that this is not a modern campground, so it's best suited to those campers looking for a rustic experience.
If you prefer to have all the creature comforts within easy reach, you may prefer to stay in the Fairport Recreation Area Campground, which is located just six miles away.
Pets are welcome in the Wildcat Den State Park and the campground provided that they are on a leash of six feet or shorter at all times and never left unattended. As always, you'll need to show courtesy to other park users and clean up after your dog whenever required.
Wildcat Den State Park offers a unique and memorable camping destination for all animal lovers, so why not check it out with your canine companion?