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Iowa's Spookiest Cave Haunts Clayton County
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Iowa's Spookiest Cave Haunts Clayton County

Are you looking for a cool place to hide out from the summer heat? How about experiencing cool temperatures, a spooky boat tour, and some distinct Iowa history?

Take a scenic drive through the green cornfield hills and rocky limestone bluffs in Clayton County Iowa to Spook Cave west of McGregor. Spook Cave has many things to offer from the obvious but enchanting cave tours to fishing, camping, hiking, sand volleyball, picnic, swimming, and playing. This Iowa gem is open daily from 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. May through October.

Ready to explore an underground boat tour with your family? As you carefully step into your boat, you are about to enter the base of a ninety-foot bluff. Like the early settlers of Clayton County, you may hear strange noises. This is how Spook Cave got its name. The boat slowly moves inward and you feel the temperature drop. The cave is always 47 degrees. All year around. The guide informs you about Gerald Mielke, the man who discovered this natural marvel. Mielke initially entered the cave to explore the eerie sounds heard from the hole at the base of a steep hill along Bloody Run Creek. You're now gazing all around you at the wonderful view of stalactites and other natural formations. Beware the tour guide might try to tell a tall tale or two. When I went as a young girl, I still remember the guide saying “If your hair touches the stalactite, it will all fall out.” These wiley characters may even rock the boat to get a reaction out of you. You're likely to end the tour with a chuckle and a sense of gratitude.

This is a memory-making summer activity that actually cools you down and makes you huddle close to your loved ones. Before you head out, check out the charming Spook Cave gift shop for unique keepsakes from your shared Northeast Iowa adventure. 

For more action-packed summer fun, visit Clayton County Development Group and click the suitcase to create your own Free Travel Itinerary.

By Gianna Manternach

Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Spook Cave is a true Iowa treat in every season! Thanks so much for the post!
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