Some outdoor enthusiasts enjoy walking in the creeks at Ledges State Park.

Although Iowa is commonly thought of as flat, hidden away in Madrid, Iowa lies magnificent canyons and bluffs, with sandstone ledges rising nearly 100 feet above creek beds. A 23-minute drive from Ames, Ledges State Park offers outdoor activities such as camping, boating and fishing.

With four miles of steep trails, hiking is a popular activity, however access to low-lying areas is limited due to significant flooding and construction. The DNR is working to restore the flooded areas for public use.

Flooding at Ledges is common due to the nearby Des Moines River, which flows through the west side of the park.

Current campground renovations are underway, and campsites will be closed for most, if not all, of 2018, according to the Iowa DNR website. Canyon Drive is also closed, but visitors are welcome to hike through the canyon.

Ledges became one of Iowa’s first official state parks in 1924. Visitors can enjoy wildlife, as well as nearby bike trails.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.