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Ledges State Park Closures: The Canyon Drive is currently closed to vehicle traffic. These closures DO NOT affect accessibility to the Ledges campground or either of the 2 open shelters. The campground, shelters, trails, many picnic areas, parking lots, and other roads remain open to visitors. For the most up to date information on closures at Ledges, please call the park office at (515) 432-1852.
Ledges State Park, IA
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DescriptionWith 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.
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.
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).
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Alerts and Important InformationThe park opens at 4:00 a.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. daily.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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.
Mailing Address:Ledges State Park
1515 P Ave
Madrid IA 50156
Phone Number:Information: (515) 432-1852