Maquoketa Caves State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Few places in Iowa are more fun than the Maquoketa Caves. This is a great place for older kids and teens as the trails all lead back to safe havens, yet there is a wildness that hundreds of years of exploration haven’t diminished. When discovered by settlers in the 1830s, the area was littered with evidence of previous habitants. Pottery shards, tools, arrowheads, and other signs of human occupation showed that Raccoon Creek valley had always attracted admirers.
The park is noted for having more caves than any other state park in Iowa as well as a seventeen-ton balanced rock, a number of wild caves perfect for spelunking, and 6.0 miles of trails including the newest one that includes a restored prairie, an experimental oak savanna in the process of being restored, and a wildlife food plot."