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Maquoketa Caves State Park

10970 98th Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
+1 319-652-5833
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Fave caves!

This is my all time favorite place to go caving. Tours are usually self guided unless you arrange... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rebekah M
via mobile
Loved the caves and the hiking!

I have been wanting to go to this park for awhile and was finally able to and was not disappointed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jacey S
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10970 98th Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060
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+1 319-652-5833
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Rebekah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been wanting to go to this park for awhile and was finally able to and was not disappointed. It's a beautiful park and the caves are so much fun. There were a lot of people there. This was so much fun and next...More

Thank Jacey S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful, very popular, very busy state park. Parking fills up fast on weekends. Lots to see and do. Hiking, bird watching or climbing through caves are popular activities. Wear comfortable, sturdy, waterproof shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Excellent family activity.

Thank john l
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and I took a road trip to see the 2017 Eclipse and along the way spent a great couple of hours here on a Saturday morning. The park was easy to find, has great signage both at the parking and on the trails,...More

Thank HersForever
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Stayed one night at the campground, hiked by many of the caves for about a half day. Trails are easy and there are stairs for the steep up and down areas. Even on a hot day, the trails down by the caves provide cooler relief...More

Thank RichFromOmaha
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Can't believe you can just explore these caves on your own! We arrived a couple hours before the park closed for the day so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. there were a couple small groups bit there are several caves so...More

Thank Nancy45107
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We went on Labor Day, so we can't speak to what attendance is like any other day, but we were there by 9:30 AM and parking was filling fast. When we left a couple hours later, it was overflowing with people and vehicles. The volunteer...More

1  Thank Becky W
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

This is one of the nicest parks in the midwest. Clean, great trails, friendly rangers, good parking and excellent small caves. The creek and forest are beautiful and the wooden walkways to the caves are lovely. Bring your camera and old clothes because the caves...More

Thank Jen L
Reviewed 24 August 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...More

1  Thank DePere
Reviewed 24 August 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...More

Thank April R
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ROOMChicago
21 September 2017|
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Response from cdhcch | Reviewed this property |
The cave part takes under 10 minutes. If the goal is exploring or seeing a large cave, this is not the place. If the goal is a close place that has a cave, free and a good walk through the woods then this would be a good... More
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ROOMChicago
19 September 2017|
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Response from Meridie B | Reviewed this property |
We are a family of four that likes tent camping - tent for the teenage kiddos and a tend for us adults. We stayed at Bellevue State Park - nice state park and the town is nice and quaint. Grocery nearby and fun to walk... More
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Dubs44
6 September 2017|
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Response from Payal V | Reviewed this property |
No , it's perfectly safe for little kids
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