Iowa Nature, State Parks March 22, 2019
Venture Nearly 100 Feet Deep Below The Earth At These One Of A Kind Caverns In Iowa
Over 400 million years ago, caverns started to form throughout Iowa. Today, Iowa has preserved the largest group of surviving caves in Maquoketa Caves State Park, and it is so worth planning a visit. Right now, the caves are closed for bat hibernation, but they open back up to the public on
April 15, 2019. So plan your spring trip and get ready to be amazed!
If you didn't know any better, you would assume Maquoketa Caves State Park is like any other Iowa State Park - gorgeous, rocky, full of amazing cliffs, and bright, thick foliage.
As you venture deeper into the park, you'll start to cross rivers and your elevation changes quite a bit - that's when you'll realize this park is like no other place on earth.
Follow the pathways and signs and head both up and down staircases to venture into caverns that are located nearly 100 feet beneath the earth's surface.
These massive caves feel like they could swallow you whole, and it is a humbling experience to see what nature is capable of creating.
There are sixteen caves to explore in the park, including Upper, Middle and Lower Dancehall Cave - the most famous cavern in the state.
Bring a headlamp or a flashlight, because these caves get pretty dark. You'll also want to bring clothes that can get a little muddy!
Most anyone can enjoy the popular caves! The boardwalks are well maintained, and even the more challenging caves are worth the adventure.
After your dad exploring, head over to dine at Bluff Lake Catfish Farm.
This scenic lakeside restaurant serves up some of the best fried catfish in Iowa - you'll love every bite.
For more information on Bluff Lake Catfish Farm, read all about
This Rustic Restaurant In Iowa, here.
Maquoketa Caves State Park is located at 9688 Caves Rd., Maquoketa, IA 52060.