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Maquoketa Caves State Park
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
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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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
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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 decking and stone blocks to walk on. The cave is also well lit.

Take some time and enjoy the wonderful site.

Bring water, flashlight or headlight. Your shoes will get wet and muddy.

Thank Fam_Tvler
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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 hours an covered most of it. Walking the trails and exploring the caves was great exercise for us. There are many, many steps and even more natural beauty.

1  Thank james c
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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
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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 part of the park is its namesake. Taking a hike through the caves themselves is easy and fun. While they are not deep and long they are perfect on a hot summer day. There is a lot of flora and fauna also to be noticed if one takes the time to look around. Picnic areas are available so bring your lunch and enjoy the atmosphere.

5  Thank ckrash105
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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 get to the caves which supposedly were open during construction. We drove to the museum, it was closed as well. Waste of a trip.

4  Thank Mike B
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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 right up the road is Bluff Lake Catfish farm. Another must do.

1  Thank Lisa B
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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 chilly day in October and pretty much had the whole park to ourselves!

Thank Shelby A
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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 kids to really explore some of the caves further.

Thank Lindy2013
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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 one of my favorite places in Eastern Iowa.

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