Maquoketa Caves Reopen!

Dec 8, 2021 | 0 comments

By Theresa “Resa” Leppert

Some EXCITING NEWS! The Maquoketa Caves are back open! The caves at our local landmark state park (Maquoketa Caves) have been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic, and also because of winter bat hibernation.

The valley and trail boardwalk south of Dancehall Cave at the Maquoketa Caves.
Photo Credit: Douglas Neidholdt

The caves are a popular destination. While the terrain around them is a pretty darn awesome hike, being able to enter the caves takes things to a whole ‘nother level. My favorite part is being able to walk through Dancehall Cave from one side of the park to the other. I love to start on the south side and walk through to the north side. There is a natural bridge on the north side that provides some amazing scenery and photo ops as you come out of Dancehall.

Photo Credit: Douglas Neidholdt

More information here:

Photo Credit: Friends of Maquoketa Caves SP

The Caves reopened on April 15, 2021. Wink wink – be watching for a local Maquoketa camping event. I’m working out the details, and planning a hike to this incredible local destination!

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Theresa “Resa” Leppert

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