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."