Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews
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Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near English, IN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles 196 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

This short loop drops into a slot canyon surrounded by large stands of hemlock and oak forests. Half way through you walk under a massive rock house and on your way back out pass by a nice waterfall.

8 days ago

You know those trails you overlook cause there short and you think "I'd rather do something with distance" this is not that trail to say that! It Unloads beautiful rock formations from the get go and doesn't stop! There are a few camp sites that look like repellers may use. All in all, a fantastic 1.2mi!!

hiking
13 days ago

A quick jaunt from I-64, this trail packs in a lot to see and explore in a quick loop. Trail is very well marked and maintained; signage along the road will help you find your way to the trailhead.

23 days ago

sweet short trail, pretty get away but growing in popularity.

1 month ago

Cool
Check this out!!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this place!! So peaceful and the waterfalls are magnificent during the Spring and Summer. Very steep cliffs in area but well worth the hike!

1 month ago

Off the main roads. Feels like you're stepping into a different world with all the greenery and waterfalls. Moss covered rocks and ferns all over. High rock formations with looping trails. My dog goes crazy over this trail as well. The bottom of the falls tends to be colder and more secluded.

1 month ago

For the most part this trail was good for young children, but there needs to be some type of sign detailing the smaller loop that leads to the falls themselves. Which actually, maybe it was due to the time of year and lack of rain, but there was no waterfalls, it was dried up. The smaller loop to the falls area consisted of climbing down rocks that was not suitable for very young children. There was also another area on the main loop where you had to climb up rocks to continue on the trail. There was beautiful large boulders throughout the woods, but it would have been nice to actually see waterfalls.

2 months ago

Great half day hike for the family or an overnight backpacking hike. My family loves this spot. Great opportunities for rappelling as well. Two thumbs up!

walking
2 months ago

Very nice for what it is. The trail is pretty short, but for what you see on such a short path it makes it especially nice for those with younger children, carrying a meal (Pack out what you pack in!), or just if you don't have a lot of time. The cliffs and stream boulders were much more impressive than I would have guessed the area would hold, and the elevation changes along the path so it is not just level walking. Very happy I took the family and will probably come back.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little trail to hike. Different offsets of the trail to explore. If you've been to the Red River Gorge check this out next.

hiking
3 months ago

Really great, although no water in the stream. Beautiful and peaceful!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views! Beautiful bluffs. Will come back for sure

amazing views after a rain beautiful water falls and a nice cool canyon as well

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Google maps to location is accurate. No water or facilities. Posted map of trail at trailhead. Loop trail starts on either side of parking. Went right which immediately leads to waterfall. Trail down to waterfalls and entire loop trail is well marked. Gorgeous after a good rain. Be sure to do all loop extensions off main trail. Heed cliff warnings. Recommended hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful bluffs and caves. We are active hikers and this was our favorite hike in southern Indiana easily. Well marked. Plenty of side bouldering on bluffs if wanted too

hiking
5 months ago

Good trail, nicely marked, and great rock views. My 60 yr old aunt hiked this easy trail with a hurt foot and arthritic knee... and loved it.

hiking
5 months ago

we loved it it was a great hike....we have 2 younger girls age 3 and 4 and we had our dog everyone did a a really great job until the hike up hill....we wished we had more time to explore but it was getting late... .We hope to be able to come back and go camping.

hiking
6 months ago

Secluded and quiet. An easy loop with accessible caves.