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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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TripAdvisor
  • its beautiful year round We have hiked every trail and camp there often. its a very clean peaceful get away.  more »
  • The trails to see the falls is short and often crowded, but worth seeing once. The other trails to the smaller falls are great and have some beautiful scenery. Trail 2 (which runs up the creek) is gre...  more »
  • We enjoyed a weekend stay in river view. Yes- there are smoke stacks however, river view rooms are angled for a view of Madison, Ind. Rooms (bottom level) have patios. Level 200 room are actually on t...  more »
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  • Excellent state park. Really easy to navigate the trails and they were all top notch. Unlike some parks, they weren't forced at all. They flowed very nicely with the terrain and you just cannot beat Trail 2. Its rough, rugged, and challenging but if you're well prepared (good hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, water bottles) then you're in for a treat. You can't go during the rainy season because the trail is the creek bed of Clifty Creek but it's worth it when you can. Rock hopping across the creek is the best part and really gets you thinking (or wet!). Certainly not a trail for everybody. The Clifty Inn was a great place to relax by a fire after a long day and even grab a bite to eat in the restaurant. Well worth the trip!
  • We visited in March before leaves came back on trees and the views of the falls were great! You can see a lot in just a couple hours and not too much walking. We stuck to the main trails which were fairly well maintained and don't require any more than comfortable sneakers. Be prepared for stairs though. There are also quite a few longer hiking trails for the more adventurous. There is a restaurant/inn at the south end and a picnic area at the north end as well as some other pavilions in-between for gatherings.
  • Amazing park, scenic overlooks if you avoid looking in the direction of the factory columns. Beautiful waterfalls you can traverse to if you wish. Easy to rugged paths to hike. Just be careful and stay on safety paths.
  • Wonderful trails to hike that are very scenic. Huge waterfalls and different angles to view them from. Lord of history here as well. Close to the small town of Madison, that had lots of entertainment, shopping, and place to grab a quick bite
  • Truly one of my favorite places to hike in all of Kentuckiana. Beautiful trails that take on a completely different form during each of the seasons. With beautiful waterfalls and an awesome creek bed trail you won't be disappointed. If you're feeling ballsy go through the tunnel without a light ;P ... Also very important for me, "IT'S PET FRIENDLY!"