Farmers and Merchants State Bank

Click on Visit & Explore for downloading maps of the county and for bridge locations.  For brochures highlighting historical information, attractions and movie sites, contact the Madison County Chamber of Commerce toll free at 800-298-6119, or send an Email to chamber@madisoncounty.com

Personal Tours (Step-on guided)

Step-on guides are also available if scheduled in advance for 2 hour personal tours. The cost is $50 and the step-on guides will be joining you in your personal vehicle.

***To schedule a personal tour, email tourism@madisoncounty.com or call the Madison County Visitors Center at

515-462-1185. Online payment services are not available at this time.

Personal Tour Information PDF


Group Tours (Step-on guided for a group of 25+)

Travel the back roads through the heart of Madison County, to see the largest group of covered bridges that exist in one area in the western half of the Mississippi Valley. Under the wing of one of our step on guide experts, you will be guided through the bridges with stories and events behind the building of, history and preservation of the six Madison County covered bridges.

A visit to the Birthplace of John Wayne, experiencing the Madison county Museum and Historical Complex, or attending our annual Covered Bridge Festival, are just a few of the many possibilities you have in our beautiful county. We would love to help plan your stay with us. Please contact me to plan an unforgettable trip full of history and romance.

***To schedule a group tour, email tourism@madisoncounty.com or call the Madison County Visitors Center at

515-462-1185. Online payment services are not available at this time.


Download PDFs below:

Bridge Group Tour Information

Group Lodging

Location and General Information

Madison County Attractions

Shopping on the Historic Square in Winterset

Churches available to host groups for meals (upon request): First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Peru Methodist Church.



Historical Complex 1 hour for each or 1 ½ for both
Guided House Tour
Self guided Museum Complex Tour
$3.00 per person; Both $5.00
Group rates (10 or more)
$2.50 per person Madison County Museum
$2.50 per person Bevington-Kaser House
$4.00 per person for museum and house
Under 12 free if accompanied by an adult
Payable at Madison County Historical Complex

815 South Second Ave.Winterset, IA 50273
(515) 462-2134


Howell’s Greenhouse & Floral Non-specific
Open all year long
Gift Shop in 1910 barn, greenhouse, wagon rides
Located 15 minutes North of Winterset
Tour of flower drying process:
$3.00 per person, 12 or more people
One door prize give away per group & beverage
Reservation needed

Wagon Ride & Garden Tour & tour of flower drying process (1 hour):
$5.00 /person, 12 or more people
Available July 1- Sept 30 only
Comp offered for guide and bus driver

Payable at Howell’s
3146 Cumming Rd. Cumming, IA 50061


John Wayne Birthplace Tour 20 minutes
$5.00 per person for groups over 20 people
Comp offered for guide and bus driver
Allow 1 hour for a group of 25 or more
$7.00 per person for groups under 20 people
Payable at Birthplace

216 S. 2nd St. Winterset, IA 50273


Madison County Courthouse
Open weekdays
Self guided tour of three story limestone courthouse
See Graffiti Room, native limestone & black walnut doors. Hear the clock chime on the hour & half hours.
No entrance fee


St. Charles Welcome Center
The Gateway to the Covered Bridges
Tour Welcome Center which is in a restored church.  Walk among crafts and antiques for sale.
Free tour of restoration of church info.  Stroll walking path that connects Welcome Center and Imes Bridge.

202 East Main


Two Saints Winery
Winery and Vineyard Tours
Gift shop, bus parking, wine tasting, deck and patio

15010 20th Avenue, St. Charles, IA   50240
(641) 396-2102


Wildwood Hills Ranch
Trail rides, wagon rides, chuck wagon cookouts, indoor arena, camps
Eight miles of scenic trails
One hour trail ride $25/person
Two hour trail ride $45/person
Team building with horses $15/personRiding lessons
Private and bunkhouse accommodations
Large and Small groups welcome

3000 St. Charles Rd, St. Charles, IA  50240
(641) 396-2414


Winterset Art Center
Exhibits by local artists
History of George Washington Carver
Underground Railroad information
Admittance is free to all ( donations welcome)