The Hawkeye State has so many state parks that are worth exploring, but only a few are known around the world as pinnacles of park design. One of those is Ledges State Park in Iowa, located in the small town of Madrid, which is built on a unique geographical feature. The stunning geography of the park was carved by a sandstone gorge millions of years ago, and the result is one of the most beautiful parks in the entire Hawkeye State. You’ll walk across rustic stone bridges, marvel at massive sandstone cliffs, and explore gorgeous trails that transform with the seasons. So why is this the perfect time to pay a return visit to Ledges State Park? The park is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary on December 21, 2024, and one of Iowa’s first state parks is ready for its moment in the sun.

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Have you visited Ledges State Park in Iowa? Tell us all about your visit in the comments section, and take a look at the official Iowa DNR press release for all the details on the upcoming anniversary. While you’re in the Boone/Madrid area, make sure to check out the world-famous recreational railroad. If you’re planning to hike the trails at Ledges, this is the perfect time to subscribe to AllTrails + – the app will make it easy to stay connected with guides and downloadable trail maps.

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