Nature lovers, outdoorsmen and vacationers enjoy visiting Clifty Falls State Park because of its 1,416-acres of uninhibited natural beauty. The park and surrounding lands survived the Ice Age, and even has rocks formed more than 425 million years ago. The hiking trails, nature preserve and observation tower inside this Indiana park offer breathtaking views. The best time of year to take in all this park has to offer is between January and June, when the waterfalls have the most run-off.
Four different waterfalls can be observed and photographed at Clifty Falls State Park. The highest fall at this Indiana attraction, Tunnel Falls, stretches more than 80 feet into the sky. No man-made initiatives are made to enhance the height, speed or flow of the waterfalls. Today, two of the parks waterfalls lie two miles north of their original location. Little Clifty and Big Clifty have carved through the bedrock, and now add up to a 60 foot water drop. The DNR claims that these falls once stacked up to 200 feet high. Another popular waterfall inside Clifty Falls State Park is the 78 foot Hoffman Falls, located in the park center. Some of these rapids run dry in late summer and fall. All of the areas falls have developed as a result of waters flowing from the north to form the Ohio River Valley.
Clifty Falls State Park has a newly remodeled hotel with a total of 71 rooms. Clifty Inn has two locations in the park, the park-view and the river-view. Amenities include an indoor heated pool with hot-tub, DVD players and cable TV in every room, Internet access and a full service restaurant. A highlight for many guests at the Clifty Inn is the video arcade. Several old-fashioned arcade games spill over into the hotel hallways, offering a unique and classic gaming experience. A library and gift shop are also located at the Clifty Inn.
The outdoor water park is a highlight of the day for most Indianapolis kids and families. Admission to the water park, and all of its water slides, is only $2 per person. Another destination within Clifty Falls State Park is the 178-acre Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve. Geological and ecological nature in the area is protected inside the preserve, and hiking trails are strictly monitored and confined for this reason.
Clifty Falls State Park was formed in 1920, and the parks size doubled in 1965 due to a land acquisition from the Madison State Hospital. The hilly and rugged terrain of the park, with it’s deep gorges and ravines, attracts bikers, hikers and nature lovers from all over the Crossroads of America.
This unique and adventurous Hoosier park is the ideal destination for a day trip from Indianapolis. Madison is only a two hour drive from the Circle City, and other nearby sites to see include the Ohio River Wineries and the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Incline. On the way down to Jefferson County, stop by the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans in Columbus, the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour or the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom. Johnson County is just south of Indy, along the route to Clifty Falls, and the Mallow Run Winery, the Grave in the Middle of the Road and the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area are all great stops to make there. A day trip to Clifty Falls State Park could extend to an entire weekend or a summer vacation for the entire family.
Clifty Falls State Park
1501 Green Road
Madison, IN 47250