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Clifty Falls State Park, Madison

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Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances on state roads 56 and 62. The park includes Clifty Inn, which is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River and historic Madison. The park’s waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal them at their best. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery, and the inn offers comfortable rooms, great food and conference facilities.
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  • The park is worth the $9 entrance fee. We hiked most of the day on difficult (Trail 2 is miles on a rocky stream bed - with numerous water crossings) and moderate (Trails 5,4,3) trails. The 600' tunne...  more »
  • Absolutely loved this Park. We hiked every trail we could that day except trail 2 which we attempted but it is much more rugged and mainly along the river. We lost the trail part way through and turne...  more »
  • All I wanted to do was get a few pictures of the falls on our way through to Louisville. It was $9 to get in and I honestly was fine with the cost of just passing through, we weren't planning to spend...  more »
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  • Another beautiful IN State Park! Very well maintained and the trails are well marked for the most part. This was our first trip to Clifty Falls and we were very impressed with the views and scenery and most of all our workout. I kind of screwed up and it's a long story, but we know better for next time and we hiked over 8 miles that day! The rest of my review will be my long story for those of you who are curious: We started at the North end of the park at trail head 8 and hiked this to the bottom of the canyon, but I really wanted to go to the Lookout Tower, so we hiked back to the top of the canyon.. and then back to mid canyon to take trail 3 and 4 to the falls.... We should have hiked back down to trail 2 because we went to mid canyon to hike back up! I should have realized this from the map, but I didn't.. Oops, silly me! We then took the road to trail 6 and 7 back to the car.
  • One of my favorite places on earth. Time goes by so slow here. It is a great place to relax. Beautiful waterfalls everywhere. Great hiking trails. Great views and wildlife. We woke up one morning and a baby deer was hiding in the grass next to out tent. It was great!!
  • Beautiful state park. Trails are well marked and there are four different falls here you can hike to. Has easy trails for those who prefer them and others which are a bit more challenging. Great picnic areas, camping sites available, large outdoor pool, and a nice lodge to stay in.
  • Spent 2 days at Clifty. Hiked 8 miles split between the 2 days. Did Trail 5 & 8 the first day, excellent, challenging hike with steady incline and ruggedness. Awesome cave/tunnel on Trail 5. Spent 4 hrs on Trail 2 on the 2nd day. Trail is entirely in the river bed leading up to Big Clifty. Very very rugged. Challenging boulders to climb near the end. Must have sturdy shoes, water to drink and food. Trail 2 is very scenic and gorgeous and hardly trafficked during the week. Most trails are shaded with exception to Trail 2. Southern Indiana is gorgeous!!
  • Love this place, except the RV pads need more gravel and the electric pole on the pull through sites is on the wrong side. The bathrooms are relatively clean and paper is full, but we are here during the week. So sad that a good deal of the big shade trees are gone. The grounds are flat and make for good walking and bike riding.