Wildcat Mountain State Park
Old Settler's Trail

Trail below the bluffs

The Old Settlers Trail is a pleasant easy hike in a beautiful area of Wisconsin.

Wildcat Mountain State Park has long overlooks of the Kickapoo River and lots of space to enjoy the beauty and quiet that so characterizes this place.

From the junction of Wisconsin Hwy 33 and WI Hwy 131 in Ontario Wisconsin, follow 33 2.7 miles as it winds south and east to the entrance to Wildcat Mountain State Park, which is a very sharp left turn.
Follow the park road 0.4 miles to a junction - take the right branch and go 0.2 miles to the old park office. Park in the parking lot on the right.
You will pass an entrance station along the park road where you will need to pay an entrance fee to park.
Coordinates for the hike: 43.7018850,-90.5700230
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The paved parking lot is large and level. There is water and a soda machine near the parking lot. Pit toilets as well as indoor toilets can be found along the park road.
Trail observations
The trailhead can be found across the road from the parking lot. The trail is well marked and maintained. It would be really hard to get lost on this short and fun hike.
Trail statistics
The trail is 3.11 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 242 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.00 miParkingParking lot
0.07 miTrailheadTrailhead
0.10 miGo rightTee - go right
0.14 miGo leftBranch - go left to Taylor Hollow Overlook
0.18 miMostly go straightIntersection - go straight and a little left
0.40 miSharp rightFollow the trail on the right side of the overlook
0.74 miSharp leftBranch - take a sharp left
0.97 miMapBridge and trail map
1.64 miGo leftIntersection - go left along Old Settler's trail
2.87 miBench
3.11 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Old Settler's Trail
Altitude chart - Old Settler's Trail Mostly go straight Sharp left Go left Bench End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Hilly
Trail surface: Dirt
Type: Loop
View: Overlooks
View: Wooded
County: Vernon
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States of America
Wisconsin DNR park site
PDF map of the entire park
Great site detailing another way to explore Wildcat Mountain
Printable trail map in PDF format (21 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (3 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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