Starting Summer at Ledges State Park

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Ledges State Park is super popular and well worth the (short) drive from the Des Moines metro – we kicked off summer with a visit to splash and explore! I had read reports of the canyon road being closed due to damage (picture and article here), so I thought I’d scope out options for parking in an effort to make it easier to visit. This is such a fun place to come and spend the day hiking and splashing, the shallow water makes it perfect for babies and toddlers (as well as older kids, adults, and dogs of course!). Lots of folks bring water toys, nets, and beach balls but we usually have the most fun looking for animals and playing with sticks.

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Park Visit: Ledges State Park in Madrid, Iowa


I always see people asking about Ledges and for good reason; it has some of the area’s most interesting trails and challenging inclines! I took my son the summer that we moved here and he had a wonderful time splashing in the waterways across the main canyon road, but we hadn’t made the trip recently. This past weekend’s beautiful weather clinched the deal and we took a Sunday morning hike up!

You can see more specific details on the Ledges State Park page or check out its location on the interactive map.

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