Ledges State Park

1515 P Avenue
Madrid, IA - 50156

Type: Parks
(515) 432-1852
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Ledges State Park, located near Madrid, Iowa, is a stunning natural area known for its dramatic limestone cliffs, scenic valleys, and picturesque hiking trails. Spanning over 1,200 acres along the Des Moines River, Ledges State Park offers visitors a tranquil escape into the beauty of Iowa's natural landscape, with opportunities for outdoor recreation, exploration, and relaxation.

One of the highlights of Ledges State Park is its rugged terrain, characterized by towering sandstone bluffs and deep ravines carved by the meandering Des Moines River. The park's namesake ledges provide breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and offer opportunities for rock climbing, bouldering, and photography. Visitors can explore the park's network of hiking trails, which wind through wooded valleys, along scenic overlooks, and past cascading waterfalls, providing opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration.

Ledges State Park is also a popular destination for picnicking, with several scenic picnic areas located throughout the park. Picnic shelters, tables, and grills are available for visitors to use, providing the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with family and friends amidst the natural beauty of the park. In addition to picnicking, the park offers opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and nature photography, with a diverse array of plant and animal species that call the park home.

One of the most popular attractions at Ledges State Park is Canyon Drive, a scenic loop road that winds through the heart of the park and offers breathtaking views of the limestone cliffs, wooded valleys, and rushing waters of Pea's Creek. Visitors can drive, hike, or bike along the Canyon Drive, stopping at overlooks and trailheads along the way to take in the stunning scenery and explore the park's natural wonders.

Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, relaxation, or simply a scenic escape into nature, Ledges State Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. With its rugged landscapes, scenic trails, and tranquil surroundings, it's the perfect destination for a day trip, weekend getaway, or outdoor adventure in central Iowa.

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