KKSC Wildcat Mountain State Park Labor Day Weekend Ride
Requirements: Trail pass, Annual WI State Park Sticker or Day Pass
Rating: Moderate to Advanced
One of the
best kept secrets in the equestrian world is Wildcat Mountain in the beautiful
Kickapoo Valley of Wisconsin. The park is nestled in the hills a mile east of
Ontario, Wisconsin and has 24 camp sites with a hand pump, clean vault toilets,
posts for picket lines, hitching rails, and safe outside stalls. There is a
modern bathroom with clean showers at the non-horse campground, and equestrians
are welcome to use it. There are 15 miles of marked trails with some additional
unmarked trails. They are hilly with a dense canopy of leaves overhead. You will
find some overlooks and cross Billings Creek several times. There is a good
trail map at the bulletin board. Pick one up and have no fear of getting lost.
The small town of Ontario, Wisconsin is the canoe capital of the world. They have six canoe rental places, so you might like to take a few hours to enjoy the river. There is a large Amish community, and you will find hitching rails in town. It is about a mile from the horsemen's campground to the downtown area and would be any easy ride for supplies.
State Park sticker and trail passes are required. Reservations are recommended. For reservations, call 1-888-947-2757 or make them online.
Wildcat Mountain State
E13660 State Highway 33, P.O. Box 99
Ontario, WI 54651
From the east, take State Highway 33 west from Reedsburg about 36 miles to the park. The entrance to the main part of the park will be on your right.
From the south, take State Highway 131 north from US Highway 14 at Readstown about 23 miles to County Highway F. Go right (east) on Highway F about 1.5 miles to State Highway 33. Turn left (west) on Highway 33 and go about .6 mile to the park entrance, which will be on your right.