Wildcat Den State Park Trails

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Trailhead Information

From Davenport, travel west on Business US-61, then exit onto west IA-22. After 14 miles, turn right onto Wildcat Den Road. After 0.8 miles, one can either park by the old mill, or turn left onto New Era Road, then after 0.9 miles turn right onto 181st Street to access the campground and alternate parking area.


Located a few miles to the west of the Quad Cities, Wildcat Den State Park is a nifty wild place to explore. The park's trails go through forests past 75-foot cliffs and centuries old pine trees. Features include "Devil's Punch Bowl," "Steamboat Rock," and "Fat Man's Squeeze." Visitors can also see naturally growing ferns, native pine trees, songbirds, and a variety of other flora and fauna. There is also an old mill and schoolhouse next to Pine Creek near the eastern parking lot. The park's varied terrain and great views make it well worth the visit for anyone looking to get away from it all.

Other Information

Camping is available at a DNR managed campground at Wildcat Den State Park. These sites are non-electric, with both first-come, first-served and reservation-based camping available. Further information can be found at the State Park's website.

Trail Manager

Wildcat Den State Park is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The state park can be reached directly via email at Wildcat_Den@dnr.iowa.gov or by phone at 563-263-4337.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa DNR Headquarters
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street, 4th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Phone: (515) 725-8200


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