Hike To The Top Of Iowa's Inspiration Point For Some Of The Most Breathtaking Views Around
Iowa may have a reputation as a flat, flyover state, but those of us who have spent time exploring each nook and cranny of our home can tell you that is certainly not the case! For some of the most impressive panoramic views in the Midwest, hike to the top of Iowa’s Inspiration Point.
Ledges State Park is one of Iowa's most popular hiking destinations, and with a variety of trails ranging from easy, beginner-friendly strolls to moderately grueling treks, it's easy to see why.
In the summertime, adventurers come out to wade in Pea's Creek, a tributary to the Des Moines River that carved a gorge into the landscape.
In the fall, leaf-peepers count the park, trails, and canyon as some of the best foliage spotting in the state.
The contrast between the sheer cliffs and bluffs carved by the creek and the bright reds, yellows, and oranges of autumn make Ledges a photographer's paradise.
No matter what the weather, though, it's always worth the effort to hike up to Iowa's Inspiration Point along the Table Rock Trail.
The trail is well maintained, but just rugged enough to make you feel like you're really exploring a part of Iowa's wilderness. You'll travel 1.2 miles in a scenic loop that shows off some breathtaking views.
Iowa's Inspiration Point can be reached via side trail - look for where it splits off of the main Table Rock Trail!
You'll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of the canyon and beyond. This spot has been inspiring artists and nature lovers for decades, and it's one of the most sought after views in the state.
While you’re in the area, make time to visit
The Magnificent Bridge Trail In Iowa That Will Lead You To A Hidden Overlook for more of the best views around. It’s just a short drive from Ledges State Park!
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Ledges State Park, P Avenue, Madrid, IA, USA