Looking for some great places to visit this summer? Clayton County is filled with sights to see and activities to experience. Make plans to explore Northeast Iowa to tour these five different areas of interest!
1. Spook Cave
Let’s start off with one of Iowa’s spookiest caves. Located near McGregor is Spook Cave. Spook Cave opens daily starting May 1st from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Here you can camp, hike, and take a unique underground boat tour that enters at the base of a 90’ bluff. Learn the development and history of natural limestone caves in the area. No matter want the time of year it is, the cave is always 47 degrees. And be sure to bring your camera – there are plenty of awesome photo opportunities available in the cave. It’s a sight you must see this summer!
2. 1890 Pioneer Village Museum
Do you know where the first gasoline-powered tractor that could propel forward and backward was invented? Travel to Froelich, Iowa to the 1890 Pioneer Village Museum and you just might learn the answer. It opens May 11th and you'll be able to see the tractor that became what we know today as John Deere. It's incredible to see how tractors and towns have advanced over the century!
3. Mississipi River + Lockmaster's House Museum
Take a walk along the mighty Mississippi River in Guttenberg. Then stop to watch the barges pass through the Lock and Dam 10. Just up the hill, take a step back in time at the Lockmaster’s House Museum. Here, you can explore the last lockmaster’s house remaining on the Mississippi River and learn the history of the lock and dam system. It opens on May 27th for visitors. Enjoy the amazing sites of Northeast Iowa and a piece history only found here in Clayton County.
4. Cassville Car Ferry
How about taking a car ride across the Mississippi River? Make it a family time adventure on the Cassville Car Ferry! You can sail across the river from Iowa to Wisconsin this May through October.
5. Motor Mill
A must-see is Motor Mill, by Elkader. It opens May 27th and is available for viewing on weekends from 12 to 5 pm. This six-story limestone building is believed to be built between 1867 and 1869. The huge limestone blocks were quarried and then transported down from the high bluffs above the mill.
The structure was built by four German Masons. No two sides are alike, because each of the Masons tried to outdo the other with their skills. No nails were ever used. It is totally mind-blowing how this was all accomplished without any of today’s machines and technology. It's truly one of Iowa's most amazing places to see.
There are many areas of interest to explore, experience, and enjoy right here in Clayton County. We can't wait to see you here!
Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG