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18th National Trails Symposium Quad Cities October 19-22, 2006

Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way, Every Day!

Mobile Workshop Details
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE and TRIPS HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY

MAQUOKETA CAVES STATE PARK BOARDWALK TRAIL EXPERIENCE

Photo looking out from a cave

The Maquoketa Caves State Park has a variety of trail opportunities

 

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 (includes box lunch)

Travel up the Mississippi River corridor to the pre-glacial landscape of Iowa's Driftless Area. Step back 1000's of years in geological time and experience the beauty of the limestone caves and rugged bluffs. A unique trail system through a dark forest descends to a collapsed cave that forms a valley containing endangered species and a singing rock stream. Follow the lighted cave trail or bring a flashlight to search for your own passageway. The park has six miles of trails with many stairs. Trails are not fully accessible but the museum, restrooms, informational kiosks, and some interpretation presentations are.

Others have explored and lived in this valley for many centuries, storing their food in the "ice caves" and playing music in the "Dance Hall Cave". This haven from the summer heat and protection from the winter winds continues to bring concentrated use by visitors. Due to our public park mission, special considerations were made to improve access while minimizing impacts. Share these special rocks, plants, places and stories with the people who know the history, constructed the steel and wood walkways, and like what they do. The park offers a staffed museum, guided interpretation programs and opportunities to venture out on your own.

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