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Jackson County, Iowa

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If you take a day or two to visit cemeteries and explore your ancestors communities, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and history of Jackson County. Following is an A to Z of just a few of the options and features Jackson County has to offer.

  • Autumn leaves provide a colorful backdrop and endless photo ops. If you're planning a fall visit, look for information on a driving tour.

  • Bike trails cover over 100 scenic miles.

  • Canoe down the Maquoketa River.

  • Decker House Hotel has restored guest rooms & suites along with a restored dining area.

  • Entertainment and activities are ever changing on the calendar of events.

  • Family history researchers can visit the Historical Center or the Courthouse to learn more about their ancestry.

  • Golf fanatics have several courses to choose from.

  • Hurst Lime Kilns have an interesting history and have been restored.

  • Ice fishing and hunting are favorites for the outdoor sportsman.

  • Jackson County Fair has food, fun and entertainment.

  • Kids will enjoy a visit to an Ice Cream Parlour or local Pizzaria.

  • Lock & Dam #12 provides an interesting learning experience if you've never seen a barge or boat traverse a lock & dam.

  • Maquoketa Caves State Park offers many opportunities to explore.

  • National Register of Historical Places includes over 60 Jackson County Locations.

  • One room schools are interesting for young and old alike, Jackson County has two limestone schools on the National Register of Historical Places

  • Potter's Mill was built in 1843, the impressive structure is six stories high.

  • Quaint bed & breakfasts.

  • Restaurants and dining.

  • Scenic byway - Drive the 68 mile route of the Grant Wood Scenic Byway.

  • Trout fishing.

  • Unique features of Jackson County include Sabula (an Island City) and a hiking trail that will take you from cave to cave with many scenic views along the way.

  • Vineyards and wineries - there are three to chose from.

  • Way of the Cross was built by Father J. Michael Flammang in 1861 in St. Donatus.

  • Xenodochial and friendly people populate the county.

  • Young House Museum is a century old house, authentically furnished, down to the antique muskets.

  • Zoom Zoom - Check out the Jackson County Speedway for summertime Saturday Night Stock Car Races.

    . . . by Mary Kay Krogman 2012.

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