Maquoketa Caves State Park is a pawesome place to go camping in any season. The campgrounds here include both electric and non-electric sites for RV and tent camping. About a quarter of the sites are first-come-first-served, but you can make advanced reservations for the others. Modern shower and restroom facilities are available during warmer seasons but not over the winter months. You and Fido will likely want to stay a while to explore all the caves here -- and with campsites starting at $6 per night, this unique getaway won't break the bank!
You'll find the campground tucked under the pine trees, just one of the natural features that make this 370-acre park a delightful place to explore. The eye-catching wildflowers of spring turn to a green carpet during the summer. You'll see the hardwoods adorned with a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows, and golden-oranges in the fall, and dazzling winter snow blankets the area in winter.
When you want to venture outside of camp, the park's networks of trails will take you through overlooks, limestone formations, and caves. Watch for songbirds, flycatchers, and woodpeckers as you hike along Raccoon Creek on Valley Overlook Trail. You can also follow Ridge Trail over the Natural Bridge. From April through October, you'll be able to investigate some of the caves in this property. The caverns range from the 1,100-foot Dancehall Cave to Dugout Cave. You'll want to wear old clothes and bring a flashlight for this adventure!
Bring your pooch with you when you go spelunking. As long as your furry pal stays on-leash and under your control, they're welcome in this state park. Don't let them chase or disturb any wildlife, and be sure to scoop and properly dispose of their poop.
Year-round camping is available at Maquoketa Caves State Park. You'll pawsitively love the scenic beauty of this property as you hike through the woods. Bring your birder's guide with you and try to spot an indigo bunting, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, or a scarlet tanager as you explore the area.