Ledges State Park

#1 of 2 trails in Ledges State Park
Ledges State Park is a 2.2 mile loop trail located near Boone, IA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 492 feet Loop
dogs on leash camping hiking forest views wild flowers wildlife
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Tyler Larson

3 Completed2 Reviews

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

ken k.

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

madison Bonofiglio

1 Completed1 Reviews

So much fun

Justin Corkrean

2 Completed1 Reviews


Hsin Chen

4 Completed3 Reviews

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

3 Completed3 Reviews

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

29 Completed21 Reviews

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

9 Completed2 Reviews

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

6 Completed4 Reviews

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.

Jc R.

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!