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Maquoketa Caves State Park

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Address: 10970 98th Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
Phone Number: +1 319-652-5833
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I was incredibly amazed by the caves. My kids really enjoyed it ages 9 and 6. Now the facility needs some upgrades we camped here for 3 days, and the showers and bathrooms need... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was incredibly amazed by the caves. My kids really enjoyed it ages 9 and 6. Now the facility needs some upgrades we camped here for 3 days, and the showers and bathrooms need some upgrades.

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Thank Carmen B
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Our family (3 boys ages 10, 8, and 3) spent a fun afternoon here, we only had 2 hours to explore, but could have easily spent another hour or two exploring.

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Thank Marci H
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We spent one night in the campground. The park is beautiful, but the bathrooms were awful. Unfortunately people visiting the caves use the campground bathroom to wash up, leaving it very dirty and without hot water. We had to wait 1 1/2 hours for an empty shower stall. Some of the toilets were not flushing appropriately and the showers needed... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I took my 3 girls - 9, 7 and 4 - to MCSP and we spent a fantastic morning exploring the caves. We got there early enough that there were only 2 or 3 other cars there so it was pretty quiet. By the time we left it was no longer so quiet. The caves and trails are really, really... More 

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1 Thank Will H
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We camped here before attending a show at Codfish Hollow. It was great! Quiet campground with nice facilities. The caves are of course the prize of this park. The largest cave has a nice cement path and the others are fairly easy to access. What a gem hidden within the state of Iowa!!!! Would be an excellent day trip!

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Waterloo, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We visited with our 20+ month old and we all enjoyed it. Before visiting we read the reviews here and since many have mentioned about not having proper directions, we printed and took our own map, and it did come in handy (got it from the DNR website) Even if not you can start your hike from either sides of... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The only thing we could say bad is there is no guide or map to tell you where you are or what caves you have seen. You get lost very easy once you start on the trail and go into caves. The map at the beginning has no 'YOU ARE HERE' starting point so you have no idea what caves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Having lived in Iowa all my life, I can't believe I hadn't heard of this place. It's very beautiful with trees, trails, and caves of varying sizes. The most impressive cave is the Dancehall cave. The upper entrance for it requires ducking down to get through the first bit, but you can stand up and walk normally for the rest... More 

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Thank Tracy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had planned to stop here on our way to our hotel to kill a couple hours. That was not long enough and we ended up spending the entire afternoon and really needed longer. There is no charge to see all of this beauty and believe me it is worth you time.

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Thank Rachel F
Johnston, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Just visited this park over the Labor Day weekend… Cannot believe my husband and I have both lived in Iowa all our lives and never been here! Took our 2 teenage girls and canped 1/2 hour away in Dubuque since the very small campground there was full already a couple months before when we tried to book the trip. We... More 

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