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Lodge - Horseshoe Falls

1815 Woodpecker Hill Rd
Central City, IA 52214

Horseshoe Falls Lodge opened in 1995, becoming the second enclosed lodge facility in Pinicon Ridge Park - joining the 1966 Woodpecker Lodge on Woodpecker Hill. It was built by Conservation Department staff, and is located in the former Horseshoe Falls Campground that was closed in the early 1990s. The name of the lodge comes from the nearby small waterfall along the Woodpecker Trail. A small limestone outcropping with a vertical drop of 4 feet or so received it's 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.

 Take a virtual tour of Horseshoe Falls Lodge*

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


Horseshoe Falls Lodge is located on Woodpecker Hill, just up the hill from the Riverside Shelter and playground complex, and below the location of the landmark Observation Tower. From Hwy. 13, enter the park via the southern entrance on Horseshoe Falls Road off of main Main Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Woodpecker Hill - turning left off the main park road approximately one mile into the park.


1815 Horseshoe Falls Rd.

Central City, IA 52214



  • 1654 total sq. feet of covered space
  • Main space is1270 sq. feet
  • Attached covered 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
  • Full kitchen facilities including: full-sized refrigerator, 4-burner electric range w/oven, 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
  • 30 amp, GFI double outlets in kitchen area; 30 amp double outlets in main lodge
  • Parking for 55 cars w/ 2 handicapped spaces
  • Interior men & women's restrooms
  • Large fireplace on end wall of main lodge space w/some firewood available
  • chilled drinking fountain 
  • No Wi-Fi or internet service available
  • Catering and service entrance with two outdoor cooking grills adjacent; two outdoor water spigots
  • Four picnic tables on deck/patio
  • Exterior concrete patio at main entrance extends use area; 4 refuse cans available at lodge
  • Downhill sledding facility ¼ mile (lighted)
  • This is an ADA accessible facility
  • SUPPLIES PROVIDED: broom, dustpan, mop and sponge, as well as toilet tissue and assorted cleaning supplies. 
Firewood available
Handicap Accessible
Pets prohibited
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Refuse cans
Table with chairs


Monday -Thursday, $110;  Friday - Sunday, $225


Starting April 1,Fees increase to:

Monday -Thursday, $160;  Friday - Sunday, $325

Special Discount: For any reservations that are made on or after April 1, 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.


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