WILDCAT DEN STATE PARK AND GRIST MILL TOUR
Date: Saturday, October 21
Travel by bus down the Mississippi River corridor along the federal Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge to Wildcat Den State Park and the scenic river town of Muscatine. The route offers a living, visual example of both rural and urban people working cooperatively to develop various sections and amenities to enhance the national Mississippi River Trail. The town of Muscatine is in the process of revitalizing its river front area and installing a network of bicycle trails throughout the community. City leaders and trail enthusiasts will be available to share stories of their inspiring success.
Five miles of trails in the state park run steeply up and down sandstone
bluffs to such fascinating sites as "Devil's Punch Bowl",
"Steamboat Rock", and "Fat Man's Squeeze." The park
also offers the one room Melpine School and the Pine Creek Grist Mill
built in 1848. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Friends
of Pine Creek Grist Mill have restored the water-powered mill to its
original condition and began grinding corn again after being inactive
for almost 80 years. The Grist Mill and the City of Muscatine facilities
are ADA accessible, but the trails at the state park are steep and natural
surface (or sandstone).
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