Blackhawk Spring, Burlington, IA


Posted: January 9, 2010

Category: Iowa, North America, United States, View All

Parkway Drive
Burlington, IA 52601
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The spring is one that is comming out of the side of a bluff along the Mississippi. and it comes from inside Blackhawk cave. The water comes from in the cave and you can see how the water has carved the cave. Once it comes out i flows down a waterfall. Its a very beautiful place there is lush vegetation all around and there are frogs and other creatures that live in the water as it pools and flows down the bluff. To get to the water you can park by the log cabin museum and the band shell thet overlook the river. You then see a sign that says “Trail to Blackhawk Spring” follow it down about 75 yds and you reach the cave. Personally I like to go back about 15 ft. into cave were the water is pouring out of the side of the wall. I fill up my jug thank the spring, and head back.

The spring was used by Chief Blackhawk and his warriors when they were in the Burlington Area. Which they called “Shoquoquon” (Shok-ko-kon), meaning Flint Hills.

Nearest Address

Parkway Drive

Directions from Nearest Address

Its on Parkway Drive, but if you are in Burlington anyone can tell you where Crapo Park is. From there just find the Log Cabin Museum next to the band shell.

Vital Information

  • Fee: N/A
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

Crapo Park, where the spring is located, closes 11 pm to dawn. Its an 85 acre aboretum and botanical garden.


Map Link: Blackhawk Spring

Submitted by: Afsheen Mayahi

  1. Rosemary says:

    Thank you very much for Clear description. I will Spring into my car and Rush over !

  2. Dave H. says:

    I am now very concerned about any listings here.

    This spring has been posted for decades as unfit for wading in and especially unfit for drinking. 

    Why? you may ask.

    Because it drains an active 100+ yr old cemetary on top of the bluff, where many cholrea deaths and other deseases were buried in wooden caskets.

    More research into each source must be done before you trust the water.

    I haven’t been down the trail for years so maybe vandals have stolen the signs, but the hazard will NEVER be gone.

  3. Nathan says:

    Wow, thank’s for the heads up…I am seriously concerned about drinking basically any of the Earth’s water at this point let alone water which has filtered through the dead on its way to me.
    https://find-a-spring-stage.local/artesian-well-at-paradise-cove-winslow-il/ This place sounds like a much better road-trip.

  4. irtony says:

    Beautiful aea, but 50 years ago we were told not to drink the water due to contamination.

  5. Jestin says:

    Beware! I am pretty positive this water made me, what felt to me, deathly sick. Someone needs to test. I had cholera/Salmonella type symptoms within three days after drinking about 2 gallons. I was bedridden for 4 days and I’m pretty healthy. Btw, I love this site and have had great success at several other springs.

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