Ledges State Park, IA

With its distinctive geological and archeological features, breathtaking views and vibrant history, Ledges State Park is a nature lover's paradise. One of the very first state parks in Iowa, Ledges has been a must-see Iowa attraction for decades. In addition to natural beauty...
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 40 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 40 Pull-Through
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 35 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 40 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 50 Pull-Through
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 25 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 35 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 30 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 40 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Pull-Through
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Ledges Campground Standard Electric 6 45 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Description

With its distinctive geological and archeological features, breathtaking views and vibrant history, Ledges State Park is a nature lover's paradise. One of the very first state parks in Iowa, Ledges has been a must-see Iowa attraction for decades. In addition to natural beauty, several structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps are a must see- from an arch stone bridge to a shelter in Oak Woods, stone trail steps and a shelter in Lower Ledges.

The main attraction at Ledges is the canyon drive. This winding one-way road along Pea's Creek offers motorists breathtaking views of the canyon and Des Moines River Valley. Sandstone ledges rise nearly 100 feet above the floor of the stream bed. The sandstone was deposited 300 million years ago following the retreat of the shallow sea that covered must of the Midwest. About 13,000 years ago, glacial melt-water began to cut down through the sandstone, forming the park's dramatic cliffs and valleys. Along the canyon drive, park visitors can stop for a picnic, wade in the stream and enjoy the colors fall foliage offers. The canyon drive periodically closes to vehicle traffic during the summer due to heavy rainfall and flooding. It also closes to vehicle traffic during the winter. Even in the winter though, visitors are allowed to hike in to the canyon to explore its winter beauty.

Recreation:

Trails
Ten miles of hiking trails lead up and down steep slopes to scenic overlooks, and provide access to spectacular views of the Pea's Creek Canyon. Popular overlook locations include Inspiration Point, Crow's Nest and Table Rock. While most of the trails include steep portions, a universally accessible trail surface in crushed rock, leads visitors to the serene Lost Lake area in the southern part of the park.

An interpretive trail featuring lichens is located in the picnic area between the east entrance and the Oak Woods Shelter. Learn how to identify up to forty of these tiny, but interesting species by their differing sizes, shapes, and colors. The trail starts at the old stone building across from the amphitheater by the entrance to the campground.

Bicycling
The Central State Park Bike Route is a ninety-one mile route which connects Ledges State Park, Big Creek State Park, and Springbrook State Park. It is relatively flat, with a few challenging hills as you make your way across the valleys of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers.

River Activities
The Des Moines River flows through the west edge of the park and offers fine stream fishing and canoeing opportunities. Lower Ledges Road offers an easy access point to the Des Moines River for canoeists, kayakers and tubers.

Facilities:

Picnicking/Shelters
Picnic areas are located throughout the park. The Oak Woods picnic shelter and nearby restroom, located in the eastern area of the park, are fully accessible. Two open picnic shelters may be reserved online.

Camping
Ledges offers both electric and non-electric campsites. There are several hike-in sites and one youth group campsite. Modern restrooms, showers, dump station and a playground are located in the campground also.

Nearby Attractions:

A variety of attractions can be found in and around the town of Boone, including the Birthplace of Mamie Eisenhower, Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and Museum, Kate Shelly Railroad Museum and High Bridge; Seven Oaks Recreation Center and the Iowa Arboretum. Ames is home to Iowa State University and all it has to offer. Take in VEISHEA festivities at Iowa State (April), the park's Christmas in July, the Boone County Fair or Ogden's Fun Days (also in July), or Boone's Puffer Billy Days or the Dragoon River Romp (September).

Nearby Towns
Boone is located four miles north of the park. Ames is fifteen miles east. Madrid is eleven miles south.

Booking Window

Shelters

Wed Oct 08 2014 - Thu Oct 01 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Thu Jan 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Thu Jan 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Walk To

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Thu Jan 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Fri Oct 03 2014 - Thu Jan 01 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Off Peak Thu Oct 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fishing River
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • River
  • Showers
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Arboretum
  • Golf
  • Hunting
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • CHURCH
  • GROCERY STORE
  • Hospital
  • Medical Clinic
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Town
  • Winery Tours
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $6.00
Standard Non-Electric $6.00
Standard Electric $11.00
Shelters $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.98306, -93.88667
41°58'59"N, 93°53'12"W

From the East (Ames): Take Hwy 30 west. Exit at Hwy 17. Take Hwy 17 south for 3 miles. Turn west on 250th St. Take 250th St. west for 3 miles to the park entrance. From the West (Ogden): Take Hwy 30 east. Exit at Hwy 17. Take Hwy 17 south for 3 miles. Turn west on 250th St. Take 250th St. west for 3 miles to the park entrance.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Ledges State Park
1515 P Ave
Madrid  IA  50156

Phone Number:

Information:  (515) 432-1852
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