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Maquoketa Caves State Park, Iowa

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Maquoketa Caves State Park is a state park of Iowa, US, located in Jackson County. It stands northwest of the city of Maquoketa. In 1991 on the east side of the park was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.DescriptionThe park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing a scenic hiking experience. Many areas on these trails have seen new construction, making the journey to the caves safer. Most of the caves may be entered by persons of average physical ability, but some are more advanced. However the park's caves were closed to humans between 2010 and April 2012 in the hopes of protecting the resident bats from white nose syndrome.The park is in the Driftless Area of Iowa. This region escaped being glaciated in the last ice age, while regions to the east and west were not spared. The park has been subjected to hundreds of thousands of years of natural non-glacial erosion.The park's caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs represent a step back in geological time of thousands of years. Stalactites once hung from the ceilings and stalagmites rose from the floor. Souvenir hunters have robbed the caves of this rare beauty, but many formations remain. The park's limestone caves, arches and chimneys including Dancehall Cave, Hernado's Hideaway, Shinbone Cave, Wye Cave, and an unmarked cave within the Dancehall Cavern locally known as Steelgate Cave.
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  • We've been to the caves now twice since I moved here and we love this park in Iowa!it is so fun to explore and our dogs enjoyed it too! It can get really busy during the spring and summer months but w...  more »
  • We went for a quick day trip to hike and had a great time. We were able to go into some of the caves that were more accessible since we had our two young kids in tow. We can't wait to go back without ...  more »
  • This is my all time favorite place to go caving. Tours are usually self guided unless you arrange for a guided tour. The camp sites are cozy with nice restrooms. There are so many different caves, a R...  more »
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  • Lots of fun exploring everywhere, and it was great to be able to have my dog with. Very pretty area, and great for all ages. The visit was one of the highlights of the road trip from Colorado to New Hampshire. Beautiful campground although the restrooms were fithy when we were there.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of trails to hike. Just a great place to enjoy Gods creations.
  • We moved here in 1990. My husband was born and raised from Iowa City. Every year we would drive up to the caves. Each trip was different. Now I live just 8 miles from them. It is a sight to see and believe.
  • I love it here. It's Beautiful! You can go through the cave on your own. That's the best part.
  • Great state park. The caves are a great spot to check out in the summer as they are cool even on the hottest Iowa days! I'd like to come back this winter and see how everything looks frozen.
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