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Maquoketa Caves State Park

Open Now: 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Open today: 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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Good fun exercise

We were camping up the road and figured we'd check out the caves. We weren't disappointed. There... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Clive, Iowa
via mobile
perfect family time

This is a great place for a family with children about 6 to 16. However it is great for all ages... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
james c
Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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The Maquoketa Caves are closed from October 15th-April 15th for bat hibernation. The modern facilities are also closed for the winter until April 15th. The trails are still open.
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Hours Today: 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
10970 98th Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
+1 563-652-5833
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from US$20.00
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 19, 2014

The park was busy on a summer Saturday but did not seem crowded. The park guides were friendly and my son enjoyed petting the snakes and hearing about bats. Having been to many state parks around the US, we were shocked that there is no...More

12  Thank ladydoc2006
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 8, 2014

We've been having a family reunion at the park for 30 years. We rented a pavilion and it was not clean. The floor probably has never been hosed off. Tree stumps were unearthed and left right next to the pavilion tempting the children to climb...More

10  Thank Judy R
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All reviews day trip tennis shoes fun exploring main cave walking shoes trail map flash light bring water bug spray this past saturday well worth the trip family outing a lot of fun couple hours dirt road running water road trip
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were not expecting to find NO services at all. Bathrooms locked up, no staff around, Nobody to help, Not impressed by this park ... poor planning overall .

Thank Mac L
Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

We were camping up the road and figured we'd check out the caves. We weren't disappointed. There were great fun. There are two directions to go went on the side with all the stairs. The first cave is enormous and easy the walk. There is...More

Thank Fam_Tvler
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a great place for a family with children about 6 to 16. However it is great for all ages, being 65 my wife an I enjoyed it at a slower more careful pace than than the families we saw. We spent about 4...More

1  Thank james c
Reviewed August 21, 2018

I come here every year and go camping! I love all the caves and the nooks and crannies to go through. The walk is long but peaceful and the views are AMAZING!

2  Thank adreannas2015
Reviewed August 7, 2018

In a state that seems to be covered in corn and soybeans from one end to the other this park is a complete surprise. Driving down into the forest you begin to notice the limestone bluffs crop up around you. By far the most interesting...More

5  Thank ckrash105
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Unfortunately the park was closed. You have to drive about 6 miles out of town to the park. We stopped and got directions and were told the road in was under construction, but if we stopped at the museum they would tell us how to...More

4  Thank Mike B
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We've got a little piece of heaven right here in Jackson county Iowa. It's beautiful, lots of caves to explore, wild life, and camping. Lots of steps in areas, but it's well maintained. There is also area for picnics and a small play ground. And...More

1  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

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 we went on a...More

Thank Shelby A
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

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 our...More

Thank Lindy2013
Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

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 Ridgeline trail and a prairie trail. It is...More

1  Thank rebekahm673
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