The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the structures (trails, bridges, shelters) at Ledges State Park during the 1930s using native timber and fieldstones (glacial erratics).
This park offers the chance to engage in a variety of outdoor activities: Canyon Drive provides motorists with spectacular views of the Des Moines River valley and Pea’s Creek canyon; there are five picnic areas and two shelters; over four miles of trails offer spectacular views (Crow’s Nest, Inspiration Point, Table Rock); and easier treks lead to Lost Lake or through restored prairie. There are a variety of camping options, as well as an access point to the Des Moines River for those interested in fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. During the winter months some of the trails and Canyon Drive (although closed to vehicles) can still be accessed for hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.
Ultimately, Ledges State Park is a fantastic place to escape the daily grind and experience some of the natural wonders of Iowa.