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Maquoketa Caves State Park
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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
Fam_Tvler
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Clive, Iowa
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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
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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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All reviews change of clothes day trip tennis shoes fun exploring main cave bring a flashlight 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
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

My wife and I explored Maquoketa Caves State Park for three hours this past Saturday. We are in our 60s and were able to hike and explore the main trail system during this time period.

There was no charge to enter the park.

Be sure to pick up a map of the trail system. All of the caves are numbered on both the map and signs on the trail but there are no “You Are Here maps” on the trail system
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Most of the caves are small containing only one or two chambers but Dancehall is huge and has three different entrance/exit points. Dancehall also contains lights and a paved path through most of the cave (although there is a good chance you are still going to get your feet wet) The one entrance requires you to stoop for 40 – 50 yards but the rest of the cave (which resembles a tunnel) is probably over 6.5 feet high.

None of the caves contained stalagmites or stalactites
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Strongly recommend that you wear hiking shoes or tennis shoes with good tread. We found flashlights beneficial in some of the minor caves if you wish to explore the secondary chambers. I got down on my knees a few times so “old clothes” are appropriate or you can simply turn around and exit the cave
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There are no trash receptacles in the park. So if you want to carry water or food with you be prepared to carry your trash out with you.

The park was busy the afternoon we visited but it was fun observing the kids and more adventurous visitors crawl/climb through holes and openings that I never would have even seen. That said it would be great to revisit the park in the fall during the midweek when I assume there would be far less visitors in attendance.

The afternoon we visited the park two members of the Department of Natural Resources were at the Visitor Center and brought three milk snakes with them. They allowed visitors to hold the snakes if they were so inclined.

A great park and if we are in the area again would consider stopping in for another afternoon.

4  Thank DePere
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

What a beautiful spot! We planned a day hike here, as our eldest son (16) is a cave nut. It felt like we were in Rivendell or Endor! Hiked for 3 hours, but could have easily stayed all day... Be sure to wear old shoes and knee pads for those who want to crawl in!

Thank April R
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Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

Worth stopping by for couple hours before heading back to Chicagoland after visisting Dubuque area for short trip.

1  Thank Soo M
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

We decided at the last minute to make our first trip here and we had a blast. We walked 6 miles and just enjoyed a relaxing afternoon.

2  Thank wendland2017
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

This park is a must see! It is a lot of fun to go through the caves. Be prepared to get wet and be muddy! Unfortunately for us we couldn't find all the caves that were on the map. The map and the trail markers could use a little updating, as it was hard to know where we were at at times, but don't let that deter you!

2  Thank Angela B
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