Outdoor Adventures: Day Cave

Let’s get down and dirty! Explore the caves and enjoy the wonders of the park located in the Raccoon Creek Valley of Iowa, two hours west of Sycamore. Beyond the astonishing caverns and crevasses, the park is home to a restored prairie and six miles of trails. Short hikes access the 16 limestone caves that we can explore.

Some caves can be visited just by walking through and others, if you are able, by crawling on your hands and knees. Great sights include the Natural Bridge, the 17-ton Balanced Rock, the 1,100-foot Dancehall Cave, and the famous, challenging Wye cave.

Registration includes transportation, leadership, equipment for caving (caving helmet with headlamp and pads) transportation and picnic lunch. 

All ages welcome! Those under 16 require a parent/guardian over the age of 18 in attendance.

Date and Time(s):  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25,  

Registration cost and deadline: Sycamore resident fee: $63; nonresident fee: $73 by June 22 

Online advance registration through the Sycamore Park District.

Students may recieve the Sycamore resident fee by email outdooradventure@niu.edu.

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Maquoketa Caves State Park 9688 Caves Rd, Maquoketa, IA 52060

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