- Estimated Cost: $10
- Deposit: $10
- Max Trip Size: 20 people
Let’s visit Wildcat Mountain State Park in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin over the first weekend of October. Wildcat Mountain is about a 4-hour drive from the Twin Cities.
I reserved group campsite C, which has a large open area with a shelter that we need to share with two other group sites. We’ll have vault toilets only, but the shower building is a short drive away.
- Hike the 21 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Observation points overlook the Kickapoo River Valley.
- Paddle the Kickapoo River. We’ll use a paddling outfitter in the nearby town of Ontario, so we won’t need to shuttle vehicles.
- Bike the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. The closest trailhead is in Wilton, which is about 15 minutes by car north of the park. Here is a map. 32.5 miles. Crushed limestone. Several tunnels. State trail pass required ($5 daily).
- Hike, bike, or paddle at the nearby Kickapoo Valley Reserve, an 8,600-acre tract of public land located between the towns of La Farge and Ontario.
- Socialize at local bars and restaurants.
You must be a member of Minnesota Rovers to go on this trip. If you would like to bring a dog, please discuss it with me first.
A Wisconsin State Park vehicle permit is required.