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The beauty of the canyons and bluffs of Ledges very quickly became a major attraction to the growing local communities.
Ledges was proposed as a state park as early as 1914.
The sandstone "Ledges" rise nearly 100 feet above the floor of the streambed.
The sandstone was deposited 300 million years ago following the retreat of the shallow sea that covered much of the midwest.
The Hutton Memorial is located along a trail on the north side of the canyon.
It honors Murray Lee Hutton, a strong conservationist and first director of the Iowa State Conservation Commission in 1935.
Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Four miles of hiking trails lead up and down steep slopes to scenic overlooks and provide access to spectacular views of Pea's Creek "canyon".
With its sandstone cliffs, native plant communities and deep wooded river valley, Ledges is a truly unique place.
The winding road along Pea's Creek offers motorists breathtaking views of the "canyon" and the Des Moines River Valley.
Dry south and west-facing slopes of oak and hickory combine with cool north and east-facing slopes of maple and basswood.
This blend of northern and southern forest types provides spectacular autumn leaf colors. Don Williams County Park has a 160-acre lake and a nine hole public golf course.