Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA

Maquoketa Caves State Park is one of the biggest attractions in Jackson County and is a great place for spelunkers and hiking enthusiasts. The caves in the area were formed after millennia of water erosion on limestone bedrock. This park contains more caves than any other state ...
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No rock climbing, repelling or mountain biking is allowed at the park. The interpretive center is open on weekends during the summer and by special arrangement with the park office.
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Overview

Description

Maquoketa Caves State Park is one of the biggest attractions in Jackson County and is a great place for spelunkers and hiking enthusiasts. The caves in the area were formed after millennia of water erosion on limestone bedrock. This park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. The park itself covers 370 acres nestled among hardwood trees and high bluffs. With approximately thirteen caves, a great experience awaits you at this interesting and unique state park.

Dancehall Cave is approximately 800 feet long with three entrances upper, middle, and lower. Dancehall is the largest cave within the park and allows a person to walk upright most of the way through it. The cave opens up into a very large room in the lower entrance where dances were once held, giving the cave its name. Dancehall also has several examples of flowstone formations and growing stalactites, and is home to the brown bat during winter months.

An interpretive center is located in the park with information about the geology of the cave formations and park history, as well as relics of the park, early Native American inhabitants.

Recreation:

Trails
Maquoketa Caves has six miles of trails that wind throughout the park and bring you to cave entrances and passages known for their crawling capability and unique flowstone and dripstone formations. These trails run through the eastern valley past the Natural Bridge up toward several caves including Up-n-Down and Hernando's Hideaway. Then the trail curves around bringing you back to the highlight of Maquoketa Caves State Park's Dancehall Cave.

After visiting Dancehall, hike along the trails through the western valley of the park. These trails lead to more of the highlighted caves of the park, such as Rainy Day, Ice and Barbell. The trail then continues further west, with a hike up to the restored prairie with its vast array of plant life.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
The unique beauty of Maquoketa Caves State Park provides a lovely setting for picnicking. A childrens play structure is located between the campground and picnic area. There are two open picnic shelters which may be reserved online.

Camping
This campground offers both electric and non-electric sites as well as modern restroom and shower facility.

Nearby Attractions:

The Maquoketa River is within one mile of the park, and there are local vendors who rent inner tubes and canoes to float the river.

Nearby Towns
Maquoketa is seven miles southeast of the park.

Booking Window

Shelters

Fri Aug 01 2014 - Tue Jul 28 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Walk To

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Tue Oct 28 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Cave Exploring/Spelunking
  • Dump Station
  • Geological Formations
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE EXHIBIT/DISPLAY
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • Showers
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Visitor Center
  • WILDFLOWER VIEWING
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • RETAIL, FIREWOOD
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • CHURCH
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Medical Clinic
  • Nature Center
  • RETAIL, ICE
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.1175, -90.78056
42°7'3"N, 90°46'50"W

Maquoketa Caves is located seven miles northwest of Maquoketa on County Road Y-31.Coming from Maquoketa, go north about one mile on Highway 61 and turn west onto County Road Y-31. Go six miles and turn west onto 98th Street. This will lead you directly into the park.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Maquoketa Caves State Park
10970 98th St
Maquoketa   IA  52060

Phone Number:

Information:  (563) 652-5833
Additional Information