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Wisconsin: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Posted on Wednesday, October 19 @ 01:25:48 CDT by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails

Visitor Center
S3661 State Highway 131l
La Farge, WI 54639
(608) 625-2960

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569 acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other.

Horseback and biking trails are open May 1 - November 15.
All visitors are required to purchase a permit. Permits are available at the Reserve Visitor Center and ten self-registration stations. You can download an annual visitor permit application form that can be completed and mailed in. Contact the Reserve Visitor Center for more information and permit fees: (608)625-2960.


The Kickapoo Valley Reserve has long been regarded among horse riding enthusiasts as one of the most beautiful destinations in the Midwest. The Reserve offers approximately 37 miles of riding trails. The Reserve shares a border with Wildcat Mountain State Park to the north with its 15 miles of horse trails.

Located between La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin, the Reserve is in the heart of the driftless region, an area unique in that it was untouched by glacial drift. The trails that wind their way through the Reserve pass beneath towering limestone-capped sandstone rock outcroppings that overlook the Kickapoo River and its tributaries. Ascents and descents are numerous as the trail takes you over the valley's deeply carved terrain. Opportunities abound to observe wildlife along the trail as it stretches from the lush valley floor to the high ridges with their awe-inspiring vistas. Old growth pine, short grass prairie remnants, and Cambrian era plant relicts are just a few of the unique features to be found in the Reserve.

Primitive camp areas are available on the Reserve that are accessible to vehicles with horse trailers. Willow and Mule camp areas, located north of La Farge off of State Highway 131, are traditional favorites for horse and mule riders. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors are required to obtain a camping and/or visitor's permit. Permits are available at the Reserve office and ten self-registration stations on the Reserve.

Wildcat Mountain State Park offers 24 campsites that accommodate horse trailers with campers. Reservations are required. Additional trail passes are required for riders entering the State Park trail system. Numerous accommodations can be found in the neighboring villages of La Farge and Ontario, as well as the popular community of Rockton - a long time favorite destination among trail riders.


Primitive camping is available at the sites identified on the map. All campers are required to register and obtain camping permits. Sites do not have water or toilet facilities. Please limit your impact while camping:

  • observe posted camp area capacity limits
  • use existing fire pits
  • prevent human waste from entering the water
  • respect the serenity of the area; keep noise to a minimum.

Private and public camping with complete facilities are available nearby. Campground lists are available through the Reserve Office.

Leave No Trace

The beauty of the Reserve is unrivaled. To preserve it for future generations, we ask that you leave no trace of your visit.

"Pack it in; pack it out" - pick up and pack out all of your litter. Burying or leaving trash is unacceptable. If trails are muddy, wait until they dry out. Don’t create new trails around wet areas; networks of parallel trails damage the environment.

Please treat the Reserve with respect. Future access depends on your stewardship.

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