Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Wildcat Mountain State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, United States, on the Kickapoo River in the Driftless Area. Sandstone bluffs topped with limestone, two of which are Wildcat Mountain and Mount Pisgah, provide views over the narrow valley of the river and its tributaries. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is immediately adjacent and forms a continuous protected area. Wildcat Mountain State Park is open for year-round recreation including hiking, canoeing, fishing, and cross-country skiing. The 3643acre park is located in Vernon County near the town of Ontario, Wisconsin.HistoryWildcat Mountain State Park is in the Kickapoo Valley. Archaeologists have found evidence of human occupation in the area dating back to 2000 BCE. Indian rock shelters and mounds have been found in and around the park. Most archaeologists believe that the shelters and mounds are remnants of temporary hunting camps. No evidence of agricultural practices have been found in the vicinity. Historians believe that the Natives used the Kickapoo Valley as a hunting area and held more permanent settlements in the Tomah area near the confluence of the Kickapoo and Wisconsin Rivers.Using our world travel planner, Ontario attractions like Wildcat Mountain State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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From the lovely & fun drive in on Hwy 33 to the gorgeous view of the Kickapoo Valley, this State Park is an absolute gem. The pamphlet they provide about the area & hiking trails is one of the best I ... read more »
We were group of 7 including one kid.After Kayaking in Kickapoo river we had plan to do camping here. It was raining and we were thinking of cancelling our camping plan. But coming this far from Chica... read more »
Beautiful views from Wildcat Mountain, and a short trail that is wheelchair accessible. There are two accessible views. More challenging hike at the Mount Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods State Natural Area l... read more »
We were group of 7 including one kid.After Kayaking in Kickapoo river we had plan to do camping here. It was raining and we were thinking of cancelling our camping plan. But coming this far from Chicago and cancelling it could have been disappointment. I am glad we all decided to stay. We went to walmart which was around 28 miles to purchase a picnic tent so that we can use fire grill in rain and we did grilling. Luckily rain stopped after a couple of hours and we had a great camping trip. We stayed in campground 29. It was closer to restroom.Restroom was pretty clean. Shower rooms were clean and spacious. Hot water was available. Drinking water was outside. Car parking on campsite is a plus. Dumping station was just few feet away from restrooms Firewood was available at visitor center. Gas station was just couple of miles away. Many Kayak and Canoe rental were available nearby. Overall it was perfect choice for camping. Staff lady at visitor center was very helpful and humble. Since AT&T and T-Mobile network does not work there, she gave us her phone to use. She helped us in every possible way she could.
Beautiful scenery. Dark skies. Great camping and hiking, near canoeing and kayaking too! But if you go in early summer then be prepared to be eaten alive by mosquitos.
Beautiful park. Scenic overlooks of the Kickapoo River Valley. Hiking trails. Horse trails. Great place to camp or picnic. Canoe and kayak rental places are nearby.
Fantastic campground, even better road cycling in the drift less region hills & valleys
My pony was tired... I was alright!
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