Wildcat Den State Park

Fairport , Iowa

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This hike has it all: green woodlands, meandering streams, a slot canyon, and the chance to explore around the next corner. It is also a link within the Great River Birding Trail and the American Discovery Trail. Near the Mississippi River, this historic park is part of the American Discovery Trail and the Audubon’s Great River Birding Trail. With golden bluffs, steep terrain, historic buildings, a river and mill, and unexpected seclusion, this must have been what Iowa was like when settlers first arrived. On our visit, we met one of Iowa’s great naturalists recording bird calls without the noise of a distant highway.

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"This hike has it all: green woodlands, meandering streams, a slot canyon, and the chance to explore around the next corner. It is also a link within the Great River Birding Trail and the American Discovery Trail.

Near the Mississippi River, this historic park is part of the
American Discovery Trail and the Audubon’s Great River Birding Trail. With golden bluffs, steep terrain, historic buildings, a river and mill, and unexpected seclusion, this must have been what Iowa was like when settlers first arrived. On our visit, we met one of Iowa’s great naturalists recording bird calls without the noise of a distant highway."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fairport
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 90 minutes
Season: All year
Local Contacts: Wildcat Den State Park
Local Maps: USGS map: Illinois City & Montpelier, Iowa
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildcat Den State Park

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May 2018