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Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario
(4.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • The nicest view from the park you don't even have to hike to see. You can just drive straight up to the top, park your car, walk a few feet, and enjoy the view. The other views, require hiking on rust...  more »
  • The view of the fall colors from the mountain were magnificent. The hiking trails vary from easy to challenging. The camping areas were well laid out and had good views. 
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • One of my favorite WI State Parks!! This place is beautiful all year round! The Kickapoo River runs right through the park, so don't forget your paddling gear; you can even camp along the banks of the river at one of the backcountry campsites accessible only by watercraft.
  • 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.
  • Great viewing area that you can drive right up to if you don't feel like walking.
  • We camped here over Halloween weekend and had the park (nearly) to ourselves on Sunday night. Sites are not very secluded from other sites, but the views are spectacular and the wildlife abundant. We had close encounters with countless small mammals and a too-close encounter with a couple Coyotes.
  • 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.