Maquoketa Caves State Park

On Sunday morning, Hannah and I took a walk through the Maquoketa Caves State Park. This photo is of the Natural Bridge which, aside from the caves, it a well-known natural landmark in Iowa. It is one of the largest state parks in Iowa and one of the largest collection of caves in the midwest. The park is a few miles from the town where I grew up and near Mary's family farm.

 

Unfortunately, the caves are closed this year as a precaution to prevent the spread of a disease known as white nose syndrome, which is killing bats in the easter half of the US (thousands of bats live in these caves). That meant that, even though it was Independence Day weekend, we had almost the entire park to ourselves. Still, even thoughspelunking was out of the question, it's a pretty place to hike and photograph.

  • Anne Charlotte 5y

    Wow - what a fantastic place. Great capture!
  • Don3rdSE 5y

    always have wanted to go there. Looks beautiful. Well captured.
  • David Sebben 5y

    A wonderful treasure in Iowa's own backyard. Everyone needs to experience at least once....then they'll go back again...and again.......
  • cewoldt 5y

    great shot, that place is well worth the trip!
  • Gloria W 5y

    So lush and green! Good job.
  • {rialynn} 5y

    Do you happen to know--are the caves closed for good?

    Love the shot--all the green is gorgeous,
  • Phil Roeder 5y

    {rialynn} No, just for the season until they think the disease is gone.
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Taken on July 4, 2010
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