Bellevue State Park

Bellevue State Park sits on limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.  The overlook provides a breathtaking view of the river and Lock and Dam 12. There is camping, hiking, picnicing sites, shelters, a lodge, a butterfly garden and the South Bluff Nature Center available as well.  

Eden Valley Refuge

Eden Valley Refuge has a lot to offer the nature lover! Numerous, unique picnic spots can be found throughout the park There are five miles of hiking trails…including over the swinging bridge. Camping enthusiasts will enjoy the semi-modern (with electricity) campsites on the banks of Bear Creek and there is a primitive campsite in the […]

Friends of Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park is one of the most beautiful in Iowa.  It nestles in an area of limestone bluffs riddled with natural caves. The Friends of Maquoketa Caves State Park work to support the park and provide information to its many visitors. Events include a pancake breakfast in the park, volunteers staffing the Gift […]

Horseshoe Pond Park

Horseshoe Pond Park has a 2 acre pond, a 45 foot bluff running through the middle and Prairie Creek making up the eastern boundary. The campground has 22 electrical sites and 5 primitive sites. Three of the sites are pull-through.  Though there are no sites with water or sewer hook-ups, there is a sanitary dump […]

Hurstville Interpretive Center

Administrative office for Jackson County Conservation. For more information about our services: hiking trails, biking trails, camping, fishing or all things “outdoors” visit us at our website. Hours: Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 pm. The Hurstville Center will be closed on weekends (except for special events) in December, […]

Hurstville Lime Kilns

One of the earliest industries in Jackson County was the manufacture of white lime for the building industry.  The process started with local limestone and, after exposure to intense heat, ended with white, powdered lime…then an important ingredient in manufacturing mortar.  The kilns where kept burning day and night throughout the summer and fall and […]

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves is probably Iowa’s most unique state park. The park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. Caves, limestone outcroppings and rugged bluffs provide opportunities for visitors to explore geological formations created thousands of years ago. There are 14 caves with varying levels of accessibility. Some can be explored by walking; for […]

South Sabula Lake

South Sabula Lake Park is located on the south edge of Sabula, Iowa, Iowa’s only Island City.  This 14 acre park lies on the banks of the Mississipp River and South Sabula Lake, allowing boating and fishing enthusiasts easy access to the campsites. The campground is open from April to October, weather permitting.      […]

Spruce Creek Campground

Spruce Creek Park campground is just north of Bellevue, Iowa. This 43 acre park lies right at the junction of Spruce Creek and the Mississippi River. The Campground is open from April through October, weather and river permitting. All camping sites are provided with 30 to 50 amp electrical service.    Boaters and fishers have […]

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