The caves at Maquoketa Caves State Park are closed to help slow a disease known as white-nose syndrome that is killing bats across the eastern half of the United States. The DNR closed state owned caves that are known to serve as bat hibernation sites. The closure is based on the recommendation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The disease has surfaced in Missouri. In Iowa, the caves are primarily found in the northeast and far southeast counties. Not a lot is known about the disease or how it is transported, but closing the caves is a precaution being taken to help slow the spread. The disease is transmitted bat to bat, but it also might be transported to sites inadvertently by people carrying it in on their clothing or in the mud on the flood. If the spread of white-nose is slowed, it may give needed time to answer questions about the best management practices to help save bat populations.

Very beautiful! Especially in the fall. Lots of caves to explore, both big and small. Be prepared for some good cardio, lots of stairs and hills. To hike all the trails took us approximately 3 hours. Would definitely go back!⭐️

Love! My absolute favorite!

hiking
2 months ago

lots of fun up and down with plenty of caves to look into

The trails were really easy for our family with young children and there were a lot of cool caves to explore. It was fairly clean and nice facilities.

Very easy, but actually quite a variety and an adventure!

Great place to hike and explore!

Awesome trail. Lots of caves to explore including a huge walk through one. This map helped alot to keep us in the right path. The trails aren't well marked. This 1.7 mile path took us about 3 hours which included plenty of water breaks. We will definitely go again to explore more of the trails.

14 caves and 6.6 miles