Wildcat Mountain State Park
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Introduction

Located on southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless Area Wildcat Mountain State Park is a special and one-of-a-kind destination for RV. You can feast your eyes on the Kickapoo River, which at over 100-miles long is the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River. Sitting on 3,603 acres occupied by woodlands, river, and creeks this park boasts of spectacular views while offering visitors the opportunity to fish, hike, and picnic in the area.

For plant and animal lovers, Wildcat State Park features a huge unexploited wooded area that is an abode to various species. For birders, there are plenty of herons, kingfishers, and bald eagles preying on the Kickapoo River banks so remember to pack a pair of binoculars in the camper. In the parks pine trees, you will find warblers, vultures, and hawks. The largest percentage of Wildcat Mountain State Park is covered by lush green vegetation varying with each region. This makes it a great destination for those inspired by nature and those seeking to widen their knowledge of plants. Along the Kickapoo River plant enthusiasts will be thrilled to identify different plants. Deep in the park, there are white pines, ferns, and hemlock trees. There are plenty of wildlife species too such as snakes, squirrels, and deer. Nature lovers of all ages will be in paradise during an RV road trip to Wildcat Mountain State Park.

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Transportation in Wildcat Mountain State Park

Driving

Whichever direction you are coming from Wildcat Mountain State Park can easily be accessed thanks to its convenient location. Coming from Ontario, which is the nearest town, head east for about two miles on State Highway 33 until you get the park situated on the left. If driving from the north, follow State Highway 131 and when coming from east drive to Reedsburg then drive west on State Highway 33 for approximately 36 miles until you get to the park’s entrance on the right side. Wildcat Mountain State Park may sometimes experience heavy rains and storms forcing some sections of the park to be shut down. You will find the most parking at the Upper and Lower Picnic Areas. Of course, you can park at your campsite if you are staying overnight.

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Campgrounds and parking in Wildcat Mountain State Park

Campsites in Wildcat Mountain State Park

Reservations camping

Equestrian Camping

If you come with your horse then you can be sure to enjoy Wildcat Mountain State Park horse trail campground. If you don’t have a horse there are many horse stables rentals based in Ontario. With a huge parking area and a total of 24 campsites, your horse should feel comfortable camping with you. The sites seven through 10 are specifically walk-in while the other 20 are open for advance reservation. Amenities in this campground include hitching posts, horse corral, drinking water, fire rings, and picnic tables.

Camping at Wildcat Mountain State Park

Wildcat Mountain State Park offers a pet-friendly campground with 30 campsites located on the top of the hill for tents, RVs, and trailers. In addition, there are three designated group camping sites with a maximum capacity of 75 campers. All campsites are open for reservation except sites 22 and 105. These two are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wildcat Mountain State Park campsites feature amenities such as a dump station, showers, fire rings, picnic tables, and flush toilets. Campsites can fit a maximum RV length of 35 feet and there are no electric hookups. Pets must always be on a leash, however, remember to inquire from the parks office pets may not be allowed in some areas.

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Camping at Wildcat Mountain State Park

All campsites are open for reservation except sites 22 and 105. These two are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Seasonal activities in Wildcat Mountain State Park

In-Season

Paddling

The Kickapoo River is one of the best places in all of Wisconsin to go canoeing or kayaking. "Kickapoo" actually means "one who goes here, then there" and that's exactly what you'll be doing when you paddle along the river. Once you park your RV and head to the water you can use your own boat or rent one from a local private company. The Lower Picnic Area features a canoe leading which makes it a popular launch site.

Hiking

Wildcat Mountain State Park is home to 26 miles of well-marked trails. History buffs will enjoy the two and a half miles Old Settlers Trail which is named after early settlers. The Hemlock Nature Trail meanders along Kickapoo River giving spectacular views of diverse plants growing near the shores and birds before leading to the park’s observation point. The scenic Ice Cave Trail weaves along the Billing Creek vegetation before cutting through sandstone formations. For those who prefer a short and less tedious hike, the Prairie Trail is a good choice.

Fishing

Plenty of fishing opportunities is a specialty of Wildcat Mountain State Park. With over 45 fish spices the park is an oasis for anglers thanks to the Kickapoo River and its tributary billing creek. With the river winding through the park anglers will have abundance catches of trout. Apart from sport fishing, this section of the Kickapoo River is a great destination for kayaking, boating, and canoeing too.

Off-Season

Horseback Riding

wildcat Mountain State Park is serviced by 15 miles of color-coded equestrian trails. Opening seasonally from the beginning of May to mid-November, these designated horse trails are well interconnected with most originating from the equestrian campground and traversing the park’s ridges, valleys, and hills. A state trail pass is mandatory for riders over 16 years of age. Trails for horseback riding include the nearly the Red Loop, Rock Johnson Loop, Purple Loop, Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange Trails.

Picnicking

Imagine having lunch with your family surrounded by nature and panoramic views of Norris Valley. You will no doubt love Wildcat Mountain State Park's three picnic areas. The upper picnic area is located on the ridge offering visitors awesome views of Kickapoo River as it slowly moves through the park. This area marks the beginning of Old Settlers Trail. A large playground sits in this picnic area. The lower picnic area is the starting point of Hemlock Nature Trail. For canoeists, the area houses the canoe landing.

Hunting

Would you like to sharpen your archery and hunting skills? Then you have found an added reason to visit Wildcat Mountain State Park in your RV. From mid-November to January some sections of the park’s grassland are open for muzzleloader deer hunting and archery. Gun deer hunting is not allowed within the park. To be on the safe side please remember to check on restricted areas, permissible trap types, and other Wisconsin hunting guidelines.

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