Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock
Sandstone Outcrop
Arrowhead Sign
Hanging Rock Picnic Shelter

Barn at Hanging Rock

The Hanging Rock's 469 acres are located 1/2 mile south of Redfield along the Middle and South Raccoon Rivers. Named for the sandstone rocks overhanging the Middle Raccoon River running through the park, the area is steeped in history.

The north half of the park is a refuge with interpretive farm buildings, an astronomical rock clock, and a link to the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The land include prairie, savanna and riparian areas along the Middle Raccoon River. The nearest easy access to put canoes/kayaks into the Middle Raccoon River to enjoy this scenic water trail is at the Redfield Dam, located not far upstream.

The south half of the park is open to hunting and contains a 10 acre wetland and canoe/kayak access to the South Raccoon River.

Fishing, particularly for channel catfish, is a favorite activity along the lower stretch. Walleye and flathead catfish are also found in this area. Anglers would be well-advised to try a variety of lures and tackle. As in most rivers, areas of snags and larger "holes" are the best.


Hanging Rock
916 Redfield St.
Redfield, Iowa  50233

From the junction of 1st and Thomas Street, go west 2 blocks to 3rd Street. Turn south (left) on 3rd Street and proceed to the entrance of the park.


Modern restrooms
Rentable picnic shelter.
Fishing in the Middle Raccoon River
Access to a spur of the Raccoon River Valley Trail
Hunting is allowed in the southern portion of the park.
There is canoe/kayak access to the South Raccoon River.

Camping is NOT allowed.

The picnic shelter at Hanging Rock may be reserved by calling the Dallas County Conservation Board office at 515-465-3577. 

Operating Hours & Seasons

May 1 - October 31
The gate and shelters are open 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.  


Restrooms are closed Nov. 1 - April 30.
Gates will be open as conditions permit.
Shelter may be used but no reservations will be accepted.

Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone: 515-465-3577
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov 
Website: www.dallascountyiowa.gov/conservation