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Starr's Cave Park and Preserve

11627 Starr's Cave Rd.

Starr’s Cave Park & Preserve is located off Irish Ridge Road about a mile outside of Burlington on Starr’s Cave Park Road. The 184-acre park offers two miles of hiking trail and is a place rich with natural and cultural history.

Rock formations along Flint Creek in Starr’s Cave Park & Preserve are found no where else in the world. The bluffs are composed of limestone and dolomite and contain hints of the area’s past, frozen in time as fossils. These fossils include brachiopods, crinoids, cup coral, and gastropods. Besides Starr’s Cave, there are two other caves, Devil’s Kitchen and Crinoid Cavern. Unlike Starr’s Cave, these two were not formed naturally but instead are manmade. Word has it that mineral prospectors were looking for zinc back in the 1920s. To see what lay behind the surface, they blasted the rock with dynamite, creating large openings for future park explorers to marvel at and explore.


Tammy Bowman

Friday, May 18, 2018
I personally love the beauty of trees. They fascinate me. This day was one of the best, most relaxing and fun days I have had in a long time. Just driving in and out was wonderful.

Scott Hildebrand

Monday, May 7, 2018
A nice quiet place along Flint Creek. A good place to cool down you or your pets in the creek. Good hiking but sad that the cave has been closed.

Zack Steffensmeier

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hometown beauty. It's not the largest park in the state but the upkept trails and large sheer bluffs are gorgeous, especially for iowa. Great place for an afternoon walk by yourself, with the family, or maybe a romantic quiet stroll with a special someone. The cave is closed and may remain closed indefinitely in order to preserve the native bat habitat which is susceptible to white nose disease. Still starrs cave park is a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Scott Burner

Monday, April 23, 2018
Great trails. Concrete and some non concrete. And a very peaceful stream that runs through it

Caleb Paulsgrove

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Very nice trail (partially paved) with interesting factoids along the way. The cave is unfortunately closed due to a disease that affects bats.

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