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Indiana
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Clifty Falls State Park
CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK
CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK
1501 Green Rd
Madison, Indiana   47250-1974

Phone: 812-273-8885
Clifty Falls State Park
'Small falls'
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Upstream from the bridge

Clifty Falls State Park
'Platforms'
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Wooden structures on a trail at Clifty Falls.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Ohio River Overlook'

This magnificent panorama unfolds when you pass around the back of Clifty Inn.

Clifty Falls State Park

One of the views from fire tower.

Clifty Falls State Park

Big Clifty

Clifty Falls State Park

Big Clifty after heavy rains

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'Bridge'
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This bridge is above Hoffman Falls.

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'Big Clifty Falls'
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After a small rain event

Clifty Falls State Park
'Big Clifty Falls'
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After a major rain event

Clifty Falls State Park
'Up stream'
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Upstream from Little Clifty Falls after a major rain event

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'Bridge over stream'
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Bridge over the stream that feeds Hoffman Falls

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'Hoffman Falls'
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Hoffman Falls after a major rain event

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'Hiker at the mouth of the Tunnel'

The old railroad tunnel is a weird place. Springs in the walls create flowstone cave formations, and bats sleep in crannies in the ceiling.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Cascading Stream'

This small and pretty cascade is found on a creek above Hoffman Falls.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Limestone boulder on Trail 1'

Trail 1 is a lovely trail in the morning.

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'View south from High Bridge'

High Bridge is well-named. Spanning a gaping chasm carved by Little Crooked Creek, it has stunning views from both its sides. To the south, the hills of Kentucky are visible. High Bridge is located near the parks southern boundary.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Clifty Falls'
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Clifty Falls

Clifty Falls State Park
'Stone stairs'
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Stone stairs on hiking trail 7.

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Clifty Falls State Park
'Tunnel Falls'
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Tunnel Falls after a major rain event

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'Cascade above Little Clifty Falls'

This beautiful cascade lies at your left when you cross the bridge spanning Little Clifty Creek, on trail 7. At your right, the creek spills into a deep hollow as Little Clifty Falls.

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'Looking up at Cake Rock'

Cake Rock is a massive limestone slump block which towers above trail 7.

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'Hidden Falls'

The cascade shown is just the bottom of a tremendously high waterfall. This falls is one of many spectacular, yet hidden waterfalls that exist in Clifty Falls state park. This particular waterfall is only barely accessible, and the dangerous creek bed hike to it is not at all recommended.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Secret cascade'

This picturesque, unnamed cascade is hidden amid boulders on a hillside.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Rocky Wonderland'

I discovered this amazing jumble of huge boulders somewhere on the upper reaches of Clifty Creek.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Rapids on Clifty Creek'

Indiana Looks more like a scene from the Smokies

Clifty Falls State Park
'Tunnel Falls'

One of the tallest waterfalls in the park, Tunnel Falls has a drop of around 80 feet.

Clifty Falls State Park
'Upstream'
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Looking upstream from the bridge above Hoffman Falls

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'Little Clifty Falls'
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After a major rain event

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'Little Clifty Falls'
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After a small rain event

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'Above Hoffman'
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Standing on the bridge looking toward Hoffman Falls

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'Abandon'
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Looking into the abandoned train tunnel.

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'Lilly Memorial'
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Looking out over the Lilly Memorial

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'Just a trickle'
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Big Clifty Falls

Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances off state roads 56 and 62. The name Clifty Falls paints a beautiful picture in your mind. Winter and spring hiking shows the falls at their best while the rugged splendor of the creek and canyon offer exciting scenery year-round.

In historic Madison tour the Lanier State Historic Site, mansion of frontier banker James F.D. Lanier and enjoy the drive along the beautiful Ohio River. Plan a park visit during one of the community's special events such as the Madison Chautauqua Art Festival or Regatta hydroplane boat race.
History of the Area
People have always been fascinated by scenes of rugged geologic splendor, places which give witness to awesome powers at work in nature. Clifty Falls Sate Park, with its deeply cut gorges, sheet rock walls and plunging waterfalls, is such a place. Like the proverbial cowboy who first viewed the Grand Canyon one cannot help think, "Something has happened here!"

Clifty Falls and the nearby Ohio River are products of the Ice Age. The Ohio River is a trench cut by sand and gravel laden melt waters of the glacial ice mass and basically marks the southern most advance of the glaciers which came from the north. Clifty Falls and its canyon are a subsequent erosion feature. From the lip of Clifty Falls at an elevation near the general level of the county, Clifty Creek plunges down more than 70 feet. In nearly three miles of canyon, the creek descends another 250 feet to the Ohio River below. There are four major waterfalls and numerous minor ones in the park.

The 425 million-year-old hales and limestones of the park are among the oldest bedrock exposures in Indiana. They are some 100 million years older than the sandstones and shales of the south central 'Knobs' region and nearly 150 million years older than the coal-bearing deposits of southwestern Indiana. An abundance of fossil remains of ancient marine life are interred in the formation of the rock.

In 1853, the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Company began work on a railway which was to have run west from Madison then up Clifty Creek Canyon and Dean's Branch to connect with the mail line about one mile north of Madison. Two tunnels were planned for the 4 3/4 mile line. The lower tunnel was barely started and excavation of the upper tunnel which traverses the cliff just south of the Tunnel Falls was in progress when financial problems made it necessary to suspend operations. Portions of the park's hiking trails follow the original grade and several piers and trestle abutments may still be seen.

For many years, the park consisted of 617 acres which included the falls, the canyon and the immediate upland rim. In 1965, the park was more than doubled in size by the acquisition of adjoining upland fields from the Madison State Hospital. This 'old field' area has provided the space needed for modern recreational demands. The city of Madison and the Ohio River Valley make up the panorama seen from Clifty Inn.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1300
Day-UseHiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimative, #59
 Electric Sites, #106
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterActivitiesyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #63
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Tennisyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
* Electric / 106 sites * Primitive / 59 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Dumping Station
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Boats and RVs
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
65.1 miles from park*
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
74.3 miles from park*


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* Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services * Shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Picnicking * Hiking Trails * Tennis & Other Games * Meeting & Conference Facilities * Clifty Inn and Restaurant * Swimming Pool / Waterslide Open Memorial Day (Policy)
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
74.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 9 Great Hiking- Beware the Ticks! by jj
We tent camped in the non-electric site May 6,7,8 2011. The park is beautiful; trails are rugged and worth the effort, campsite was lovely and new bathroom facilities were fantastic...BUT our family of five managed a shared 11 ticks on us despite wearing deep woods off. Thus...BEWARE- the ticks are out in force!
October 17 Well, WE Liked It by JulietheGreat
I thought the trails were beautiful. I thought the scenery was out of this world, and right here in Southern Indiana too! I think a place this great is just too great for some people. Speaking of, those were beautiful cliffs that we saw. We love your park.
June 21
Visited your park on Sunday and was very disappointed with its appearence. The trails were not kept up and scenery was horrible because of all the downed trees.
April 20 Great Park! by chickenleg00
awesome
June 13 juggaloistic! by juggalette from indiana!
ok i am from northern indiana. every year a big group of my juggalo family desides to go to all the different campgrounds all over indiana. this year we went to clifty falls! it was alot of fun! my bf (best friend) and my girlfriend was walking with me well my girlfriend is on the side closes to the road. i was in the middle, and my bf was closes to the river! well he turns to look at something and he walked right into a pole! it was hularious! lol! we also walked the trails and there was like 50 of us walking through the creek bed! it was awsome! i would love to go back sometime!
November 6 FALL IS THE MOST SCENIC TIME
THE LEAVES AT THE END OF OCTOBER ARE IN ALL OF THEIR SPLENDER. TREES COVER NEARLY ALL OF THE PARK WITH CURVY ROADS AND SCENIC CLIFFS ALONG THE TRAILS.. ENJOY!
August 8 What a great time by Darci & Bonnie Simpson
My daughter and I stayed 3 nights at the Inn in one of the Parkview Suites. The room was very clean. Every one we met and helped us were very nice. We played tennis every day. The pool at the Inn is very nice. We have highly recommeded lots of friends and family to go to Clify Falls.
August 6 Love the pool and trails
This place was great. The pool was good with an really enjoyable slide, great for kids. The trails we rough but really neat rock formations. Good camp sites all and all a good experience I spent the time there with my 3 kids and spent less than $30.
July 9 Awesome Park
Even though it might seem small, it is a great park. Huge waterfalls, nice hikes through wilderness, and great food at the lodge. A great place to visit!
April 26 First Visit by Aaron
We were surprised to see an entry charge for a state park, but it was worth it!
April 23 i love to bring my 3 year old to play
My son and I go to clifty about 3 times a week just to walk and play on the new play area which is really great!!! he loves the nature center too. we live close by and I would recommend any to go see for their selves


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
74.3 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
53.6 miles from park*
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Due to a quirk with how our 1501 Green Road address is interpreted by major on-line mapping services, customers using this as a destination address are often lead to a dead end street. To successfully build a map that will get you to our our gate off of state road 62 please use "2221 Clifty Drive" as your destination address.

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