Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The 323-acre Maquoketa Caves State Park offers 6 miles of hiking trails and spelunking for varying levels of curiosity and ability. Situated in the Raccoon Creek Valley and one of the most geologically interesting sites in the state, the park is home to Iowa’s largest cavern system, a 60-foot natural bridge spanning Raccoon Creek, and a seventeen-ton balanced rock.

The Cave Trail begins at the lower of the two parking lots.Wooden staircases lead to the upper and middle entrances of the 1,100-foot-long Dancehall Cave, the most awe-inspiring and accessible cave in the park because of its sheer enormity and the electrically lit, paved walkway through its entirety.The park’s two most complex caverns to explore, Steel Gate Passage and Bat Passage, are accessed from between the upper and middle entrances to Dancehall Cave."

Maquoketa Caves State Park Reviews

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great placefor a family picnic, make sure to take a flashlight and wear pants so u can crawl in to caves like rainy day. its like a little of the pacific northwest in iowa
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This is a heavily used park. There are some very neat caves that you can walk through standing up. The trail system is also fairly good and provides several miles of walking. Some of the caves are lit with electrical lights and also have paved walkways through them. Dutton's cave is near by and is a bit more primitive. When we went to Dutton's, it was actually submerged and very difficult to get to far into it. In a more dry season, it would be worth a visit.

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Approximately 3 to 5 hours
USGS Maquoketa
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Dec 2018