Trailside Attractions: Hanging Rock Park

A block west off the Raccoon River Valley Trail at the end of Jefferson Street is the trail to Hanging Rock Park.  This beautiful park is found on the southern side of Redfield.  It’s the perfect location for taking in nature, fishing, picnicking, hiking or using as a cycling trailhead.

At the park’s entrance is the former Goodwin farmstead.  Robert Goodwin was well known within the Redfield community.  He owned the brickyard, served as mayor, was in the US Naval Reserve during World War II and was also an Iowa congressman.    

Mr. Goodwin’s granddaughter, Ann Hintz, donated the farmstead to the Dallas County Conservation Board to be preserved and maintained.   The house is no longer there but the tile dairy barn and equipment shed are.  The shed now serves as a picnic shelter and fireplace area that can be rented.  Restrooms and showers are also located there.  Just west of the barn is a prairie trail and an astrological clock built into the earth.

The gem of the park is the riverbank of Middle Raccoon River.  The river travels through Hanging Rock Park and is a popular canoeing trail.  The sandstone ledges provide not only beautiful scenery for paddlers but peddlers as well.  The bike trail conveniently ends at this scenic spot.  The stone, beautifully sculptured by nature, the trees overhead, and the river rushing by creates an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else along the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

Next time you’re riding through Redfield, steer your bike in the direction of Hanging Rock Park. It’s a nature-filled treasure with a touch of Iowa history.

Park Hours:  May - October : 8 am to 10 pm November through April - weather permitting.

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