I absolutely adore hiking. Not, the 20 mile, up hill all the way kind. I prefer something a little more…moderate. Winding trails through beautiful trees with a meandering stream close by…the kind that offers breathtaking views and the peace that comes when you find yourself simply surrounded by nature.
When we lived in Kansas City, I found an amazing place that I could get lost in for hours and have hoped to find something like it here. Not surprisingly, I have found a few wonderful parks that offer perfect trails and serene silence but recently, I found a one that has stolen my heart. Maquoketa Caves State Park, located about 38 miles north of Davenport, Iowa is a remarkable exhibit of the precious landscape found here in Iowa. Caves of varying sizes, along with trails, creeks, and native trees and foliage make it almost impossible to not let go of the stress of daily life and allow your mind to just absorb your surroundings. Add the bonus of fall color and the glow of a late afternoon sun and it’s almost overwhelming.
The only downfall for me is the 3 1/2 hour drive but that might be for the best. If it were close to home, I might never it.