Natural pools, swift running creeks, miles of wooded hiking trails, and historical buildings and bridges at your discovery… there’s a peaceful sanctuary that needs places like these and the Pearl of the Mississippi has this packaged for all that seek these destinations. I was going for a pirate movie intro. How was it? We’re off to Muscatine!
Charlie, myself, and our family dog, Tippy Lou, embarked (see what I did there…em”barked”. That was awesome.) on our path to Muscatine early in the morning. We successfully loaded up on treats and snacks in Lone Tree and found our way into Wildcat Den State Park before I got a bag of cashews down. Another warm autumn afternoon greeted us as we stretched and readied ourselves for a long day of exploration.
You may take a look at the Iowa DNR website, or this blog post, and say to yourself, “That does look quite lovely. I think I’ll head there and check it out.” Then you’ll arrive at Wildcat Den and realize that all that you saw online, or in brochures, doesn’t do it any justice compared to what your own eyes see.
After marching into the woods, snaking our way up and down the creek bed, and many attempts to catch minnows with our bare hands, the three of us took a breather in the slight breeze and refueled for our next mission to yet another historic bridge.
The detoured travels of our “way there” and “way back” can yield some great times on our road trips. The great part is how the kids are now starting to get just as excited for these opportunities as their parents get. We came to Muscatine to keep active and the day was still young enough to carry on with that habit. Not too far from Wildcat Den is Saulsbury Rec Area.
We combed the outskirts of Muscatine and look forward to making plans to visit the historic interior someday. Our state parks are yielding more and more adventures for us and we’ve only made to a few so far. Keep exploring, Iowa. Our DNR is ready to show you our own great outdoors and they’re keeping The Iowa Gallivant very busy!