Wildcat Mountain State Park and Mount Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods State Natural Area

This 3,600-acre park offers a variety of habitat. Oak, maple, birch, and poplar dominate the forested valleys. Birds on the property include Chestnut-sided Warbler, Ovenbird and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Within the park, Mt. Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods is accessed via the Hemlock Trail south to the site. The Kickapoo River meanders here among steep bluffs with relict stands of hemlock and yellow birch, with scattered white pine. The sandstone cliffs support rare plants and many interesting and hard to find species of birds such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers, and Acadian Flycatcher. The views of the Kickapoo Valley from the park’s observation overlooks are quite dramatic.

Directions: From the intersection of Hwys 131 and 33 in Ontario, go east and south on Hwy 33 about 2.5 miles, then southwest on Park Road.

Gazetteer: Page 41, C-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 75, D-7 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/337-4775 or 608/785-9000.

Web Site: WDNR Wildcat State Park | WDNR Mount Pisgah Hemlock-Hardwoods State Natural Area

Signature Species: Eastern Wood Pewee & Great Crested Flycatcher.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking Lot at picnic area.

Fee: Park admission fees apply. Camping fees are additional.

Nearest Food & Lodging: Ontario, 3 miles north on Hwy 33.