Ledges State Park- a legacy of human history
The most striking feature of this park is that the human history seems to be co existing with flora and fauna. Humans have occupied the park area for several thousands of years. Some 4000 year old archaeological evidence was found here which divulges interesting information about the legacy of this park.
Camping at Ledges State Park
There are in total 95 campsites that are offered in Ledges Park. Out of these 95 campsites, 40 are complete with electrical hook-ups, 42 with non electrical hook ups and 12 are hike-in sites. The basic facilities of modern rest rooms, a trailer dump station, showers and playground are located in the main campground that gives a feel-good factor to all those who come for the camping. Advance arrangements and bookings can be made for these campsites online through the park reservation system.
Things To Do in Ledges State Park
If you are planning to explore this park with your family and friends then you are in for a real treat because there is no end to its scenic beauty and fun. The classic view of Pea’s Creek Canyon will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to another world. There are several areas in between the Oak Woods Shelter ideally suited for picnics.
Bicycling, river activities like boating and fishing are some of the things that will help keep you busy. Hutton Memorial is also a place worth visiting and is located at the north side of the bluff. Within the park you can also enjoy electric and non electric camping as well as hiking. Youth group canoeing, firewood sales, cross country skiing, hiking, geological formations, and jogging/running trails are just some of the things that are provided within the park as a part of recreational activities.
Ledges state park gets its name from “Ledges” of sandstone that stand approximately 100 ft above the floor of the streambed. This sandstone was deposited somewhere 300 million years back following the retreat of shallow sea which covered most of the portions of Midwest.
Photo courtesy of McGhiever
1515 P Ave.
Madrid, IA 50156
Phone – 515-432-1852
Fax – 515-432-0750
Email id – Ledges@dnr.iowa.gov