Mount Ayr is located near the Iowa/Missouri border and is the county seat of Ringgold County, Iowa. Surrounding communities include Diagonal, Kellerton, Tingley, Ellston, Beaconsfield, Redding, Delphos, Maloy, Sun Valley Lake and Benton.

Ringgold County is a popular destination for hunters and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Local parks, museums and lakes provide a wide range of recreational opportunities. In the Mount Ayr area you can fish, boat, cross country ski, run trails and more. The City of Mount Ayr welcomes you to explore Lucky Lanes bowling alley, Princess Theater, Judge Lewis Park and outdoor swimming pool, Mount Ayr Golf and Country Club and several county parks. There are many shops and restaurants that appeal to a variety of tastes and interests located close to the town square business district.

The Mt. Ayr school district includes Family Resource Center preschool, an elementary school (grades K–6) and a middle/high school (grades 7–12). Mount Ayr Community Schools have a long-standing reputation for educational excellence and provide a variety of extracurricular activities.

Visit these sites to learn more about Mt. Ayr and Ringgold County:


Transportation assistance is available for individuals who are wheelchair-bound or who may require special help getting to and from their destination 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend and out-of-town (such as Des Moines, Iowa City, etc.) reservations are available upon request. Pay per ride, 60+ senior discount and punch ticket available. Call (866) 782-6571 or local (641) 782-6571 to arrange door-to-door pick up and drop off.


We would like to help make your stay a comfortable one. Please contact the places listed below for further information about the variety of lodging options offered.

Armstrong Guest House
Two-bedroom rental house
204 West Monroe St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 344-5553

Lesanville Inn
Bed and breakfast (4 miles east of Mt. Ayr)
2285 270th St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 414-8550

Mount Ayr Inn – Hotel & Suites
1304 E. South St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-3500


Casey’s Pizza
300 W. South St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-3151

Dari Sweet
Seasonal: March–September
Hwy. 2, Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-2715

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
100 W. South St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-8122

Jamie’s Coffee Mill & Deli
118 W. Adams St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-2422

Rumors Bar & Grill
Hwy. 2, Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-0777

Still Smokin’ BBQ
104 W Madison Street, Mount Ayr

Hwy. 2, Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-2464


Aunt Jennie’s Attic – Gifts and Antiques
114 W. Madison St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-2149

Country Blossoms – Fresh flower bouquets, balloons, cards and gifts
108 West Madison, Mt. Ayr
(641) 464-3120

Jamie’s Coffee Mill & Deli – Gifts, cards, soaps and candy
118 W. Adams St., Mt. Ayr
(641) 464- 2422