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Clifty Falls State Park, Madison

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Clifty Falls State Park is an Indiana state park on 1,416 acres (573 ha) in Jefferson County, Indiana in the United States. It is 46 miles (74 km) northeast of Louisville, Kentucky. The park attracts about 370,000 visitors annually.
On Oct. 27, 1920, citizens of Madison, Indiana gave the land for the park, 570 acres (230 ha), to the state of Indiana at the suggestion of Richard Lieber. This was after a year's work by the citizens. A system of naturalist programs for Indiana state parks started in 1927, with Clifty Falls being one of the first four with one.
The park features Clifty Creek, Little Clifty Creek, and a canyon in which the sun only shines during midday.

It has many beautiful nature trails, especially those that go near Clifty Falls. The Clifty Inn is available for overnight guests, and the park contains a campground with sites for RV and tent campers.

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  • Beautiful park with a beautiful inn. We camp, but was not camping this weekend. We were just visiting. Drove around, went in the inn, looked at the campsites. Most are flat, but a little crowded. 
    Beautiful park with a beautiful inn. We camp, but was not camping this weekend. We were just visiting. Drove around, went in the inn, looked at the campsites. Most are flat, but a little crowded.  more »
  • Had a very enjoyable stay at the park. Was concerned that the trails would be too rugged for us. There were lookouts we could drive to. Paths to Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls and lookout tower were ok.....  more
    Had a very enjoyable stay at the park. Was concerned that the trails would be too rugged for us. There were lookouts we could drive to. Paths to Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls and lookout tower were ok.....  more »
  • I was just passing through, but stopped at the Inn and visited the gift shop, then found a trail near the nature center to take a short hike and some photography. Staff in the Inn were very friendly.....  more
    I was just passing through, but stopped at the Inn and visited the gift shop, then found a trail near the nature center to take a short hike and some photography. Staff in the Inn were very friendly.....  more »
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  • Oh my gosh, Clifty Falls State Park is BEAUTIFUL! Such a huge park filled with so much to see. As a plus size hiker, it's definitely doable but be prepared for stairs and inclines! So worth it though! Lots of beautiful bridges overlooking creeks and streams. Also a neat little cave to check out! (and cool down near, thanks to the air that shoots out of it - it's like nature's AC!) Highly recommend checking out if in the area/planning a day trip/or are wanting to have a picnic with a view!
  • Top notch park with everything you can imagine to include a hotel, pool, camping spots and the highlight are the incredible hiking trails that can highlight a vacation or even day trip to the park. I felt the Tunnel trail was the best followed by trail number 7 that takes you to the Namesake Falls Clifty Falls. You will enjoy yourself even if there is not a lot of water fueling the several falls in the park.
  • Hiked trails 7, 5 and part of 2 on our trip here. Trails are rugged and the scenery is amazing. Lots of sloping terrain. The tunnel was really neat. The park has a lot of picnic areas. I suggest hiking shoes for the rugged trails and bug repellent. Paths are narrow at times and can be muddy and slick.
  • We did several trails. Trail 7 was probably my favorite. We stayed at the Inn which let us get an early start. Some of the trails don't have railings, so keep an eye on your littles. Nice park! We enjoyed seeing a lot of people and their dogs!
  • We had a good time. I was so sad to see that the Clifty trail had fallen to erosion. We hadn't been there for a few years. Now, the trails are mostly full decking with steps to get to big and little Clifty. It is not longer a hike... and the deep nature feel is gone. But it would be great for smaller kids or dogs. We probably won't do that trail again, but we will probably go back to the park to try another trail.

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