S3661 State Highway 131l
La Farge, WI 54639
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:
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
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
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.
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
- use existing fire pits
- prevent human waste from entering the water
- respect the serenity of the area; keep noise to a
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.
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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