Few People Know One Of Iowa's Most Popular Caves Is Hiding A Dark And Terrifying Secret
By Raymond Goldfield|Published October 06, 2022
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
Few people in Iowa haven’t heard about Maquoketa Caves State Park, and the beautiful cave network in eastern Iowa is a popular tourist destination both for day-trippers and veteran spelunkers. Most visitors will explore the park and the safe, well-trod openings to the caves and have a lovely time. But for those who venture beyond, they’ll find tight quarters and unexpected danger. Maquoketa Caves State Park is home to the most dangerous cave in Iowa, and the claustrophobic will find some of its hidden secrets to be terrifying. It’s even led to emergency rescues – but that hasn’t stopped adventure-seekers from continuing to explore every hidden secret it holds.
Have you visited Maquoketa Caves State Park? Let us know how deep you ventured into the most dangerous cave in Iowa, and what you discovered! If you’re planning a visit, make sure to check out the state website to learn all about the park’s features and any safety measures you’ll want to take before you explore. If you’re looking for a less adrenaline-packed natural adventure in Iowa, why not seek out the clearest night sky in Iowa?
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