Maquoketa Caves State Park

EASY 35 reviews

Maquoketa Caves State Park is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maquoketa, IA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 396 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

The views were great and I love how we were able to walk through the the caves

2 months ago

Beautiful! My boyfriend and I spent almost a whole day there!

hiking
2 months ago

Very fun hike! Good for my 4 and 7 year old boys. My only complaint is that the trails aren't marked well.

walking
2 months ago

We were @ the caves in Maquoketa state park on Sept17th/ need to have garbage can's @ least outside shelter buildings. Only in bathroom and they were very, very over full! Lots of garbage down by trails / around the caves. I realize they can not get so easy to garbage can's down by caves but there is a solution for a small part of this. People riding around in gators can @ least dump the garbage can's in the bathrooms. It was between noon and 3:00 when we were there. Hate to see such a great park get run down by simple things that can be done. The caves are wonderfull!!! Our grandson loved them.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

My family and I love the caves. We enjoy hiking here a few times each year as it is fairly close to home. The trails are beautiful and caves are definitely a great work of art by nature. The kids and dog love getting dirty while spelunking through the various caves and creeks. Highly recommended!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The caves were really cool, first time I'd ever been! Loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice spots, great nature with caves and small rivers. You can visit ice caves and/or rainy caves.

hiking
4 months ago

I loved the view, the trails were interesting and we even saw a doe and her babies. Highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a Tuesday, which I would highly recommend. parking was no problem, but weekend was packed. trails and caves were great. bring flashlight and walkie talkies for when you get separated, bug spray, water, and a towel if warm.

5 months ago

it was amazing. Would do it again. However, I found the map and markers around the trail to be confusing. it seemed as if I was not the only one confused either.

5 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Trail is not long but you can do several loops. Would do again!

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This is a fun place. There are caves for all abilities. We visited right after a rainstorm so we encountered significant mud, but it was great fun. There are not miles and miles of trails, so if you are looking to log miles, this is not a great place. The trails are heavily traveled and packed.

hiking
6 months ago

Came here with friends after moving to the area lots of unique in and around the caves. Not what you'd expect in Iowa.

rock climbing
6 months ago