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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