Starr's Cave Park and Preserve

EASY 13 reviews

Starr's Cave Park and Preserve is a 0.5 mile out and back trail located near Burlington, Iowa that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.5 miles
16 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips






lovely park-very clean and a great path! Made a lot of memories today creek stomping with my wee one before she heads off to college-she's majoring in Forrestry and Park Management

Monday, October 16, 2017

great trail for a half day trip or so!

Monday, October 09, 2017

Starr's Cave is beautiful, with limestone bluffs shadowing Flint Creek that runs through the park. During the winter you can rent cross country skis to explore either the creek or trails. The trail system starts at the nature center and has several areas where it veers off into other trails. If you stay on the main trail the entire loop will take you back around to the backside of the nature center for just under 3 miles of distance covered. It's an easy trail with only a couple good hills toward the end of the trail. Several bridges to cross along the way. The main cave that's across the long bridge toward the beginning of the trail is closed off, but you can still walk up to the entrance and look around. The view off the bridge is breathtaking, especially during fall colors peak season in October. There are 2 other smaller caves you can take the trails and either climb up to get inside, or climb down - depending on which trail you take to get to it. It's small, but big enough to stand up inside and go in to the back of it and check it out. I didn't get to the other cave, but I'm pretty sure it's on a trail across Flint Creek. There's a trailhead for that one out on Irish Ridge Road. I love hiking out there to explore nature as well as running the trails for a good workout.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great small walk. Worth a stop. Bring a dog to enjoy the stream.

Monday, November 02, 2015

this is a very easy small trail with several points of interest for the ones needing a quick relaxing walk. stop at the nature center. currently the cave is closed but the bridge makes a good lookout. recommended gear to bring is good shoes, possibly a drink.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Awesome work out and beautiful scenery!

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