Favorite Midwest Parks for Fall Color
Iowa: Ledges State Park
A web of steep trails loops over the sandstone cliffs along Pease Creek at Ledges State Park, 40 miles northwest of Des Moines. Take an easy stroll along Canyon Road (currently closed to cars), or hike up several trails that wind up the canyon sides, including ones that lead to a rocky overlook of the Des Moines River. The trail around Lost Lake is flatter, but fall colors flutter in the breeze there as well.