Maquoketa Caves State Park encompasses a total area of about 300 acres of land near Maquoketa City, which is in Jackson County, Iowa. The park was established in 1921 to protect several caves in the area. To get to the park, just travel seven miles southeast of Maquoketa.
When you get to the park, you will find many special features including several caves, some of which are well-lit and have walkways while others are left in their natural state. In fact, Maquoketa Caves State Park has the most caves when compared to other parks in Iowa. Other special features of the park include the elaborate trails that ink the caves, geological formations and overlooks in the park. One of the unique formations in the park is the ‘Balanced Rock,' which is a natural bridge that stands about fifty feet above Raccoon Creek.
Besides the natural splendor at the park, there are several manmade facilities that make this park a great place to relax and have some fun. Some of the available amenities include modern shower facilities, open picnic shelters, an interpretive center, many campsites (some of which have electrical hookups), playground, hiking trails, and picnic areas. These amenities make it possible to enjoy recreational activities like interpretive programs, hiking, and camping.
Furthermore, dogs are most certainly allowed at the Maquoketa Caves State Park. However, as you would expect, there are some simple regulations and rules of etiquette that are expected. There is a simple way that you can remember important park rules.
Just remember to BARK:
Bag your dog’s poop and get rid of it in the right way
Always use a leash that is a maximum of six feet long
Respect wildlife in the park by avoiding disturbed interactions with your pooch
Know where you can and cannot go
You are for example allowed into cabins, yurts and camping tents but you are not allowed to let your dog wander aimlessly at the park especially when your dog is not leashed.