Since living in the Midwest, I’ve discovered the joy of State Parks. Think of National Parks (such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone etc) only on a much smaller scale and they are usually free to enter! The state DNR (Department of Natural Resources) are in charge of maintaining the state parks and their websites will have handy information about visiting and any current park closures etc. Some may have a bit of a lakefront, a camp ground, walking trails or just simply be a woodland area that offers a means to escape and find some people. I’ve come across some state parks though that have had something a little extra about them, making them a little more unique compared to some of the others! So in this post I share my top Midwest State Parks that are perfect for adventurous travellers!
I keep it no secret that I’ve fallen in love with Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan…to the point where I even looked at house prices because I wanted to move there…! I recently returned from my 2nd visit to Mears and was able to explore more of this little Midwest town. I’m now here to share with you my favourite things to do in Silver Lake Michigan!
Maquoketa Caves State Park is located in East Iowa and the awesome thing about it is that it’s completely free to visit! The park consists of 6 miles of walking trails through a woodland area (complete with the deer!), some follow the path through large caves and others lead to the entrances of caves that require a bit of crawling! There are 16 caves altogether, around 50% are ‘walk in caves’. The caves were first discovered back in the 1830s. Here are my tips for visiting Maquoketa Caves State Park!