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Wildcat Den First Day Hike

January 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Wildcat Den State Park invites you to participate in the 2022 First Day Hike Challenge to ring in the New Year through the digital State Park Passport. You can also join the staff and Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill on a free, guided hike on New Year’s Day. Hikers can meet at 1:00 PM at the Upper Picnic Area Shelter for a 1.3-mile hike led by park staff.

Visitors can participate in a guided hike that will begin at the Upper Picnic Area Shelter and follow the Punch Bowl trail through the Devil’s Punch Bowl. The hike will then follow the Lower Picnic Area Trail along Pine Creek, past Steamboat Rock, then loop back up- hill to the shelter. A warming fire will be lit and hot chocolate will be served in the shelter prior to the hike.
“First Day Hikes are a popular tradition in state parks, and the Passport is a great way for people to enjoy winter hikes on their own or with their family,” said Sherry Arntzen, Bureau Chief of Parks, Forests and Preserves.

In addition to the guided hike, park visitors can check into Wildcat Den, along with more than 50 participating state parks, on the Iowa State Parks Passport system from Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 through the end of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Every check-in will qualify for a prize drawing of a 2-night stay at a 2-bedroom cabin at Lake Darling State Park. Restrictions will apply on the cabin stay, with reservation fees and other business rules applying.

Visitors can go to as many parks as they wish during the weekend — every check-in counts as a contest entry. Additionally, visitors will find trail suggestions and directions from park staff under the “More Info” tab for each park entry on the passport.

Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks. Hikers should dress for the weather, including sturdy boots, and keep track of current weather conditions.

Wildcat Den State is located at 1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine.

For details about First Day Hikes in Iowa’s State Parks, visit www.iowadnr.gov/firstdayhikes.

For more details on First Day Hikes in Iowa’s State Parks, and to find links to sign up for the Parks Passport, visit www.iowadnr.gov/firstdayhikes


January 1, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Wildcat Den State Park
1884 Wildcat Den Rd
Muscatine, 52761
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