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Starr's Cave Park and Preserve

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Burlington, Iowa

Starr's Cave Park and Preserve is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Burlington, Iowa that features a river 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.

Length2.2 miElevation gain242 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingRunningCaveForestRiverHistoric site
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Alicia Titus
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Alicia Titus
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Sarah Blodgett
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Love it!

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Sarah Blodgett
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Love this trail!

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April Christensen
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John Schildmier
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alyx btake
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Bill Kelley
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Nice and empty today. Lots of loops. A cool 70f in August?

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Doug Neidholdt
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The cave was closed, which was advertised; remove the cave and the trail is lacking and is a common walk through the woods. Their was a number of people wading in the river which is an attraction for many. Not a destination hike, just do if in the area.

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Korbin Johnson
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Awesome 0.5 mile walk on all concrete trail. Rock trail off from bridge crossing is close to another 3.5 miles and turns to a deadend next to hwy 61. Very well maintained.

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Trisha Jackson
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My son and I come here often. Not just because it's close by, but because it's so great for a short little dayhike. The trails are always well kept and well marked.

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Jodi Norton
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This is the first trail that my children were ever on; it is beautifully kept up and perfect for all levels of experience. When the creek is low it is excellent for creek stomping. It is a surprise to many that you can find rock out cropping, hills, trails, caves and a creek all in one place in Southeast Iowa! Children also enjoy the Nature Center :) We are really enjoying the Flint River trail beginning at HWY 61 that leads right into Starr’s Cave. Nice work by the DNR to continue to expand this area!

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Doug Campbell
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Very pretty easy trail!

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Lorri Graves Kachinovas
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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

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Johnny Olsen
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great trail for a half day trip or so!

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Kathi Myers
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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.

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Frostcal Connolly
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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.

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Miranda Haes
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Awesome work out and beautiful scenery!

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Sarah Blodgett
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Derek Timmons
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Chad BoltzPro
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Timm Hahn
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Mike Stewart
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Dan Fell
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Michelle Dunbar
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Mike Stewart
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Ellen Shrader
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Jodi Norton
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Jodi Norton
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Nathan Kotleba
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