Weather Closures The Canyon Road in Ledges State Park is closed to vehicle traffic due to damage from flooding. Park users are welcome to hike into the Canyon, but vehicles are not permitted at this time. The Lower Ledges Road, which runs through the bottom of the park is also closed to vehicle traffic at this time due to major flash flood damage. All other roads, trails, picnic areas, campground, and shelters remain open and accessible.

Great day for a hike

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1 month ago

Beautiful Hike!

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1 month ago

Beautiful Hike!

I honestly had more fun hiking down on the roads through Ledges rather than the hiking trails. In fact, my wife and I found it more fun to head up the creeks a bit and make our own path rather than follow the official trails that just sort of winded up through a forest.

For instance, when climbing up the Crows Nest, which we assumed was sort of an overlook, we didn't really feel like we were overlooking anything but a hillside and initially walked right by the wooden Crows Nest deck thinking it was just part of the steps up the hillside.

Granted, we've done some amazing scenic hikes in Hawaii's Napali Coast and Colorado's Rocky Mountains so coming back and doing this was probably a bit underwhelming, but that's not to say it isn't pretty.

I think as the leaves falls the views open up a bit, there is probably quite a bit to see.

Ledges is a nice oasis in the middle Iowa corn fields. Great campsites.

Nice trail for the area. It follows a narrow ridge line, to a couple overlooks and then descends to the valley floor. A lot of steps. Well worth the trip.