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Located on a steep ridge with stunning views over the Kickapoo River Valley lies Wildcat Mountain State Park. As well as beautiful vistas, the park has a lot to offer such as a number of hiking trails, horse riding trails, canoeing adventures, camping and much more. No matter the time of year you search for an RV in Vernon County, there will always be something going on.
The state park covers 3,603 acres, most of which is hilly and wooded, and with more than 25 miles of trails, it is easy to explore the park to its fullest. Fully established in 1946, it has been steadily growing in size over the years. Today, people flood from the nearby Wisconsin towns of Ontario, La Crosse, Hillsboro, and even further to get a real sense of the great outdoors.
The Kickapoo River, which winds its way through the state park, offers a range of fun, recreational activities, however, canoeing is particularly popular. It is slow moving. which makes it ideal for a leisurely paddle down the river before retiring back to the state park campground. Even if you don’t want to head into the water, the river is pretty impressive, at over 100 miles long, it is the longest tributary of the Wisconsin River.
There are a number of hiking trails through the park. Old Settler's trail is 2.5 miles long and is very scenic, while the Hemlock Trail is a 1.3-mile loop with several interpretative stops covering the nature and history of the area. Another popular trail is the Ice Cave Trail which is short and easy and leads to an impressive rock formation. There are also horse trails to enjoy, many of which are located near the dedicated equestrian RV campsites in Wildcat Mountain State Park. Hiking the trails is one of the best ways to see the varied wildlife that call the park their home. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to spot snakes, squirrels and deer, as well as kingfishers, bald eagles, and even hawks.
In the summer the park is full of people and activities, and the fun doesn't stop in winter. The park transforms into a winter wonderland, with winter sports the star of the show. Cross country skiing is always popular, with a seven-mile long trail built for the purpose. It takes you to five scenic overlooks with rest stops along the way. There are also bypasses on some of the steeper areas, so it is suitable for both beginners and intermediate.
There are several places available to park your rental RV at Wildcat Mountain State Park. There is a family campground, located at the top of Wildcat Mountain, has 30 sites, all of which come with a picnic bench and fire ring, ideal for alfresco dining. Although there are no electrical hookups available there are flush toilets, showers, and a dump station.
For horse riders, there is a dedicated horse trail campground, with 24 sites to the northeast of the park entrance. This area has hitching post, parking pads, and loading ramps supplied. There is a group camping area which can contain 75 people. With this being said, there are lots of RV campsites at Wildcat Mountain State Park to choose from.
For a truly unique attraction, pay a visit to the White House, a highly classified experience located in Wisconsin Dells. The house is completely upside down with a story in each room. See all the furniture on the ceiling, and get some great photos as you take a self-guided tour. There is even a dinosaur trying to break out the side of the house.
Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium makes a great day trip from your campsite at Wildcat Mountain State Park. The 10-acre campus features a range of live animals as well as exhibits on the history culture of the river and surrounding land, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. For those that are interested in life under the waves, then this is certainly an attraction that you won’t want to miss.
Animal lovers will enjoy the Milwaukee County Zoo, an attraction that aims to educate, entertain, and inspire you. The zoo is home to over 3,100 mammals, birds, fish and amphibians in an area that covers 190 wooded acres. As well as visiting the animals, be sure to stay and watch the wildlife shows and check the calendar for any special events which take place regularly throughout the year.