If you’ve been missing Maquoketa Caves State Park, you’re in for some great news. It’s open again after extensive work on the caves, trails and roads.
Dancehall Cave – the most popular in the park – is now lighted with LED lights. New boardwalks line the trails, and the campsites have had upgrades to electrical service. If you go camping, you’ll also enjoy an updated shower building.
Hiking trails extend through woods and along the prairie, providing access to the caves. Six miles of trails include the “Natural Bridge” which rises 50 feet above Raccoon Creek, an experimental oak savanna restoration and many areas of pristine beauty.
The caves, limestone formations and bluffs create a park unlike any other in Iowa. Dancehall Cave can be explored standing up, while others require crawling. Wear old clothes!
Before or after your hike, spread a picnic lunch on one of many tables near the parking area. A children’s play structure can be found between the campground and picnic area.
Campers can choose from electric and non-electric sites, and enjoy the use of a modern restroom and shower facility.
To get to Maquoketa Caves, take Highway 61 north from the QC to about one mile beyond Maquoketa. Turn west onto County Road Y-31. Go 6 miles and turn west onto 98th Street. This will lead you directly into the park.
NOTE: No rock climbing, repelling or mountain biking is allowed at the park. The interpretive center is open on weekends during the summer and by special arrangement with the park office.
Information: (563) 652-5833; https://www.stateparks.com/maquoketa_caves_state_park_in_iowa.html