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Lodge - Horseshoe Falls

1815 Woodpecker Hill Rd
Central City, IA 52214

Horseshoe Falls Lodge, which opened in 1995, was named after the nearby small waterfall along the Woodpecker Trail. A small limestone outcropping with a vertical drop of 4 feet or so received its name from the local inhabitants in the mid-1900s as they would give tours of the scenic wooded hills and valleys along the Wapsipinicon River, passing by this diminutive waterfall on their travels. 

This is NOT an overnight facility. 

 Take a virtual tour of Horseshoe Falls Lodge*

*Virtual tour does not reflect current upgrades to the kitchen (see photos)


From Highway 13 south of the bridge over the Wapsipinicon River, enter the park off of Main Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Woodpecker Hill, just up the hill from the Riverside Shelter and playground. 



  • 1654 total sq. feet of covered space
  • Main space is 1270 sq. feet, attached covered outside deck has 384 sq. feet
  • Seating for 75 people banquet style
  • Sheltered capacity - 125 people
  • 120 folding chairs (brown), fifteen 8' X 30" folding tables; two 4' X 30" folding tables
  • Kitchen facilities include full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner electric range with oven, microwave, double sink w/disposal, large amount of counter space and 4' wide serving window w/countertop, cabinets for out-of-sight storage
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat
  • Ceiling fans
  • Six double outlets in kitchen, including near floor, outlets in main lodge space
  • Interior men and women's restrooms
  • Fireplace on end wall of main lodge space with firewood available
  • Drinking fountain 
  • Catering and service entrance with outdoor cooking grill; two outdoor water spigots
  • three picnic tables on deck and one on nearby patio
  • Parking for 55 cars with two handicapped spaces
  • Four refuse cans 
  • SUPPLIES: broom, dustpan, mop and sponge, toilet tissue, and other cleaning products. 
  • No Wi-Fi or internet service available
Firewood available
Handicap Accessible
Pets prohibited
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans
Table with chairs


Monday -Thursday, $160 

Friday - Sunday, $325

Special Discount: For any reservations that are made on or after April 1, 2023, a 15% discount will be applied at time of rental purchase if you book three consecutive days. Must check out by 3 p.m. on third day.  MUST CALL CONSERVATION OFFICE at 319-892-6450 TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT AT INITIAL BOOKING. Discount not provided for existing or previous reservations. 


Policies and Fees

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Horseshoe Falls Lodge is available for reservations 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily on a year-round basis. Some holidays excluded.


Horseshoe Falls Lodge is closed on Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.  


Beer Keg Permit - $25

Special use permits may be required for other things like hog roasts, tents, bouncy houses, etc. Please call 319-892-6450 for more information.