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Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop from Canyon Road

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Ledges State Park

Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop from Canyon Road is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boone, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 429 ft Route type Loop

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Red Travels
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Not a bad trail, but also not the greatest. The canyon gets very busy, especially during the weekend. I would suggest doing this hike on a week day to avoid crowds and unnecessary noise. Waking through the water was probably the best part. Not overly scenic, unfortunately. But I’m also used to hiking trails in Sedona with killer views from every angle.

Jeremy Lindsey
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Hiking

It is moderate, but nearly all inclines are with wood or stone steps that are well cared for. So many wonderful places to enjoy the canyon creek along the way, both in it and above it. Lovely trail for a family of six: 12yr to 4.5yr kids, who all have a decent amount of experience hiking.

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Taylor Wakeen
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Wow this place is beautiful! Just stunning! The trails were challenging but well worth it. That being said, there is A LOT of wooden and rock stairs and steep hills. Some are in great shape and some are falling apart. Some of the wooden stairs had sitting water. There’s this creek in the bottom that people can play in and there’s blocks so you can cross the road so your feet don’t get wet. Some areas of the path are paved nicely. Really nice place, i’ll definitely be returning.

Rachael Smoldt
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Hiking

Great hike with quite a few trail options! sections are steep and rocky but there are also some great areas that have wide platforms down that made going uphill very easy. The rocky climbs have a dirt trail next to them so my dog was able to run up that while I climbed the rocks or steps. a creek flows through and thr roads were a little flooded so be cautious after big rains if you have a low car. Beautiful hike, though!

Kodie Smith
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Heidi Butler
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Hiking

Trail is in perfect condition on 4/25/20. Some if the stone steps are a bit treacherous. Beautiful early morning hike. #SocialDistancing

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Will G.
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Matt Davis
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Hiking

Tough but fair. Good trail, but more busy than I'm used to.

Blake Rueter
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Joe Ghormley
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail. We saw deer, a garter snake, a grass snake, and several vultures. No morels, though

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Zachary Scholten
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Great trail by Iowa’s standards! Compared to Colorado yah no

Katie Zellmer
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gets very crowded during the weekends..

Andrea H.
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Hiking

Beautiful Hike!

Scott Fergel
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Hiking

Overall nice trail to hike. Due to the lack of hiking spots in central Iowa Ledges can be very busy, especially on nice weekends, so plan accordingly if you want to avoid crowds. What is nice is that the area offers a number of trails so you can easily spend a day hiking here.

Landon Elscott
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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.

Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

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

Larissa Connett
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Hiking

Went camping at Ledges for Labor Day weekend. They have some amazing walk-up sites that you have to hike into (furthest site is a quarter of a mile in). It was great, especially if you wanted to spend more than just a day at the park. We hiked the prairie trail and the circular canyon road trail, both were excellent and can be entertaining for many different people/walks of life. We saw families with small children, seasoned hikers, couples and people with animals. The trails are very well kept and the DNR really invests a lot of time in keeping up this state park. The prairie trail was quick, easy, flat and underrated. It is full of luscious wildflowers and busy ecosystem. While the canyon road trail has a lot of steps, hills and wounds through trees and rocks. Both are very different and enjoyable, almost transporting you out of Iowa and into another arena.

Richard Richard Sutton
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Hiking

I go to ledges all the time. It's a nice park where I can get a little hike in a couple times a week.

Tyler Larson
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Hiking

Pretty challenging due to the snow, the frozen waterfall was awesome. Spectacular view from the Crows nest!

ken k.
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Hiking

I highly recommend this park for hiking and exploring. Great scenery and interesting geography.

madison Bonofiglio
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Hiking

So much fun

Justin Corkrean
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Hsin Chen
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Hiking

Ledges State Park is a great place for a family outing or picnic! Campsites are available and the park is located right on the Des Moines River. Easily accesible hiking trails of mostly gravel and dirt. Nice mix of flat and hilly terrain which offer some great scenic views. Trails are only about 1-2 miles, but you can accumulate around 5-6 miles by walking around the park. Don't forget to check out the 0.5 mile wild prairie trail!

Abby Blaskovich
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Hiking

This park is beautiful year round. Wonderful mix of hills with look out spots, a river, and sandstone. Lots of space for camping and/or grilling out, as well. We have a couple of dogs and like finding places we can bring them along, and this place if dog friendly. The dogs love the hike and especially getting to take a swim in the shallow stream that runs through the sandstone. The only downside is this place can get very busy, so best to go during off-peak hours, such as a weekday that you can schedule off work.

Jeremy Haines
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Hiking

One of the better parks in the state for hiking. Insanely busy in the summer due to its proximity to Des Moines. Worth checking out

Cind Capellen
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A few weekends ago back-walked the canyon creek, which I've done many times before my lab passed away. Mostly frozen over on a sunny winter's day. Great photos ops. Wonderfull rack features to enjoy when the heat of summer sets in. Subject to flooding due to Saylorville Dam downstream. Has ruined quite a bit of the park, but still a worthwhile place to explore.

Suzanne Reinhardt
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Hiking

This is a very nice park for the area. There are several ways you can turn the trail into an all up/all down hike. The trails tend to be short, but you can keep adding other trails on to make them longer. Beautiful too.

James R.
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Hiking

One of the better if not best parks/trails in Central Iowa. Challenging hike with plenty of elevation gain. Good place to strap on a pack and train for longer mountaineering trips. Very pretty scenery and plan on coming back in the Fall to see the colors! Nice campsite area with plenty of trees. Campsites range from electric RV to car camping to hike in sites. The hike in sites are a tad more rustic and quiet and well worth the short hike in. If you live in Central Iowa this is a must do trip!

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