CAVES OF MAQUOKETA STATE PARK IOWA

October 23, 2011

MAQUOKETA STATE PARK

After climbing at the Mississippi Palisades I headed on over to Maquoketa caves park in Iowa.  It was around a 30 mile drive each way but it was well worth the visit!!
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK

 
When you enter the property there is this canyon sink of sorts where water has eaten away and formed a natural arch and a small river cave was formed by the eroding limestone and water action which made this cave a walking thru trip….
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
with a paved concrete walkway but it was a small thru trip!!
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
 I walked up canyon to visit some of the other caves and they were small passages that quickly ended with no formations in them. 
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
The main attraction was near the entrance and it was quite interesting to see. 
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
 Just downstream there was a walk way that took you to the valley below that had a few other small caves but nothing to really pursue. 
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
I spent the latter half of the day hiking around and enjoying this interesting place. 
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
I highly recommend visiting this park if you are new to caving and want to see some interesting features within a few hours from Chicago.
MAQUOKETA STATE PARK
 
 
 

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