Ice Caves, Star Gazing & Candlelight Hike This Weekend!

Ice Caves, Star Gazing & Candlelight Hike This Weekend!

Saturday, January 13, 2018, is the day to head over to Wildcat Mountain State Park & the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for a full day of family fun!

During the day you’ll want to head over to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve for their annual Winterfest from 10 am to 4 pm. Activities include (Depending on snow cover!) sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpture, ice cave hikes, chainsaw carving, wildlife talks & hikes, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, snowshoe exhibit, Tri-state Malamute Club Sled Dog Race and weight pull, snow mountain & snow tunnel, Snow Snake Competition, Fat Tire Bike Demonstrations and more. I’m sure there will be some changes this year due to the less than optimal snowpack this season.  The ice caves, however, are looking pretty good. (Check out the photos that I took on Sun, Jan 7th) For more information & details head click here.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Ice Caves Jan 2, 2018

After the Winterfest, head over to Wildcat Mountain State Park for their Candlelight Ski/Hike & Winter Star Gazing from 5 pm to 9 pm. Wildcat Mountain’s torch-lit trail winds through the old orchard on the ridge overlooking the valley below. There will be bonfires and refreshments available to warm you up. Telescopes and astronomy information will be presented by Astro Educators provided by the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Remember, you will need a 2018 Wisconsin State Park sticker, which you can purchase when you arrive.  Click here for details. Yep, we did check out Wildcat Moutain’s Ice Flow as well and it’s pretty sweet too.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve & Wildcat Mountain State Park are right next to each other and above an hour drive north-west of Devil’s Lake State Park.  There are a variety of ways to get to each location, so I’ve posted links to Google maps below.

Google Map Links

Lastly, if you’d like to see some of the ice caves at Kickapoo Valley on your own, here is a map to the flagged caves. From 131, in LaFarge, turn onto N. Seelyburg Rd. Head north-west about a mile and turn right onto Corps Rd. The driveway to the parking area will be on your left.

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