Wildcat Mountain State Park in the Driftless Area in southwestern Wisconsin is known for its several overlooks. The best one to see the sunset is the loop drive located in the campground. This makes it accessible for everyone to enjoy.
For those that do not know what the Driftless Area is, it is a geological term referring to the Ice Age. Most of Wisconsin was smoothed over and its terrain impacted by glaciers over 10,000 years ago and beyond. One area was never affected by large bodies of ice, and this region has been called the “Driftless Area.”
On a recent stay camping in the park, I noticed the sun starting to set as I relaxed by the campfire ready to start the blaze. I jumped in my car and within minutes I was parked in the loop parking lot and heading for the overlook.
I know this was not very adventurous as I could have walked the less than half mile walk, but I spent the day hiking the trails. Also, I was digesting several hot dogs roasted over the fire, so I decided to take the lazy route.
For a half an hour, a few other visitors and I enjoyed the sun setting over the Kickapoo River Valley until it disappeared over the bluff. The sun shone its final rays on groves of trees, farmland, small villages, and the Kickapoo River, which could all be seen from the overlook.
The bluff opposite the overlook is a win lose situation. It is beautiful to watch the sun disappear over it, but the bluff also hides some of the later pinks and reds from view.
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