All caves, sinkholes, tunnels and mines on DNR properties are closed to provide protection from White-nosed Syndrome, a fungus that is killing bats in large numbers in the Northeastern U.S. and is now spreading west. This includes the old railroad tunnel at Clify Falls. To learn more about WNS, visit Thank you for cooperating with DNR in this effort. Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances off state roads 56 and 62. The name Clifty Falls paints a beautiful picture in your mind. Winter and spring hiking shows the falls at their best while the rugged splendor of the creek and canyon offer exciting scenery year-round. In historic Madison tour the Lanier State Historic Site, mansion of frontier banker James F.D. Lanier and enjoy the drive along the beautiful Ohio River. Plan a park visit during one of the community's special events such as the Madison Chautauqua Art Festival or Regatta hydroplane boat race. Note: Due to difficulties with how our 1501 Green Road address is interpreted by major on-line mapping services, customers using this as a destination address are often led to a dead end street. To successfully build a map that will get you to our our gate off of state road 62 please use "2221 Clifty Drive" as your destination address.

Besides a few downed trees, it was an amazing hike. The waterfalls are beautiful and the peaceful scenery is breathtaking!

For safety and maintenance reasons, this park should be closed in the winter months. Tons of trees blocking the trail, leaves covering the trail making it very slippery, and not well marked. THIS TRAIL IS 7.2 MILES. The map on alltrails is not accurate in terms of where the trails lead. Several instances of having to walk through a river so be prepared to have your feet soaked.

So hard!!!! Not easy! Who classified these trails? Take a walking stick or two or three! Nice scenery.

Takes you to see 2-3 waterfalls. 1 only moves water when it gets a lot of rain. Trail 7 has 2 different legs: a rugged trail that takes you through a creek bed and down some pretty steep rocks, and the moderate: bypasses a lot of that, but you climb a lot of stairs. Love this trail, the scenery is beautiful

The 8 to the 2 to the observation tower of the falls is not for the faint of heart! Wear appropriate clothing, specifically hiking boots. You will cross the creek several times, and the last several hundred yards are more like rock climbing! Hiking back out the 2's connection to the 8, will definitely test your endurance!

1 month ago

A nice hike. Pretty crowded.

Totally loved these trails. My husband and I did these trails along with trail 2 which took us about 6 hrs to enjoy. Parts of these trail were a little rough. I didn't bring mine this hike, but a pair of trekking sticks or a staff would have been helpful. Areas of the trails got close to bluffs and would have just made me feel a little more secure on the trail.

Nice quick trail before leaving the park. Wouldn’t rate it as easy for us retirees, but much easier than our trip on Trail 8 and 2 yesterday!

The map provided by Indiana DNR clearly says you can’t connect to 7 from 2, but we were really hoping the map markings from All Trails were right. It’s hard to make yourself go back the way you came after making it to the falls!

if you're ready for some work 8 to 2 is where it's at. the work comes in getting down to 2 from 8 and the climb back to 8 from 2 is rough. otherwise this is a great choice and worth the waterfall at the end of 2. go past the signs, it's worth it.

This trail is not easy. It is very rugged with lots of climbing over rocks and tree roots, and very steep, slippery inclines as well as declines. That being stated, it was a very rewarding hike. There are fantastic views of the canyon, waterfall, and it crosses the creekbed. We did this hike the day after some heavy rainfall so the creekbed and falls were flowing freely.
I would recommend this hike for avid rugged trail fans. It was difficult for my 3 year old to manage and I packed him through most of it. I was worried about my footing the majority of the time, so I wouldn't recommend packing a toddler or preschooler through it.

I also followed previous hikers recommendations to carry the trail map with me. There are multiple trails that intersect throughout the Clifty Falls park and it can be a bit confusing even with a map.

3 months ago

I'm an avid hiker/explorer and this place is a blast! Make sure you have atleast a full day to enjoy this magical place!


trail 2 is excellent, best trail there especially because it's low traffi,. there is no trespassing signs near the waterfall but no one ever stops us from going to it, and it's safe. my gf and I take trail 2 as warm ups before doing long backcountry packing trips.

This park is very well maintained and the trails are well marked! We couldn’t record our hike because my phone battery is not stellar, but we hiked 7.6 miles with a combination of 8, 1, 5, 4, & 7. It was a super hot day and we were pleased to find that the Nature Center on the south end of the park is air conditioned with a lovely bird viewing room. We saw all of the falls but I think Tunnel Falls was the best! I liked Little Clifty Falls as well. When the map says the trail is rugged, they’re not kidding. The ruggedness is a great challenge, but be prepared to climb up and down on rock and roots quite a bit. Also, people who are afraid of heights should maybe stay on trail 2, because there are many drop-offs next to the trails up on the ridge. Overall we had a challenging, but rewarding, day in the outdoors!

Great but long, if you take trail 2 the creek way the rocky trail both beautiful and challenging

Loved trail 5. Tunnel Falls was my favorite waterfalls of the day, Caution on the rocks leading up to the tunnel as they are slick. The tunnel is closed to foot traffic from fall to spring. Trail 5 goes around the tunnel also. South end of trail has a 153 step staircase that will give you a great quad workout. There is also a leg of the trail to take you to the creek.

4 months ago

Nice trail. Wish I could have been there after a recent rain.

Love the creek trail all the way up to the falls!

I love this trail. It is a large amount of traversing over creek rock. As you get closer to the waterfall the creek rock turns to boulders, but is definitely worth the climb. You are not permitted to go below the waterfall, as there are no trespassing signs once you get there, but there is an observation area that gives you a great look. The observation area requires you to climb ladders to get there, but if you can handle the trail up to this point, it should be no problem.

hike this trail yesterday after the storms with my 12 year old, 8 year old along with our lab. they love walking over the bridge since the Falls was rushing pretty good. a nice little stroll to take after dinner!

did this trail with my dog and for kids ranging ages 12 to 9 years old. we had a great time! Trail to is I Walk Alone the creek bed so you will get your feet wet. then Trail 8 is an uphill Trail to leave. there were some spots where I was glad I had a walking stick with me. overall a good little late afternoon hike with kids to get out and see nature.

5 months ago

TRAIL 2 and 8 DO NOT CONNECT AT NORTH END. Trail 2 is an out and back trail if you go all the way up to the waterfall. you would need to hike back down to trails 5 or 8 to exit trail 2.

TRAIL 2 IS ALSO VERY RUGGED. it is literally in the creekbed of the river. you will get wet, and depending on how much rain there has been it could be nearly impassable at parts. I would not recommend this trail for kids or children.

Having said that, my SO and I did all the trails in the park and trail 2 was the most scenic and the least traveled. The view of the waterfall when you get up to the end of trail 2 is just surreal. I proposed to my SO at the end of trail 2 (base of big clifty) and it was just stunning scenery.

an alternative to get to trail 2 is to park at structure B (oak grove shelter) and then hike trail 5 to 2. this would also be an out and back route

Went hiking here and was first disappointing because there was hardly any water at the falls. We left to get something to eat and it had rained really hard. Went back later to trail 5 at tunnel falls and was just looking at it with a little bit of water flowing. Then out of nowhere I heard a loud noise and water from the creek started roaring down the falls. It was amazing and breathtaking. The falls became powerful in a matter of seconds. It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen! You have to see the falls after a good storm to really appreciate it.

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6 months ago

Great trails. Well maintained. The bridges, wooden stairs, and decking were in good repair. Portions of the trail were muddy even on a dry day so be prepared. The scenery is beautiful.

One issue I had with the park was that trail signs are inconsistent. They will provide info for hikers going in one direction but not the reverse.

Now as for Alltrails map, there is a problem with the route. It seems recent improvements and restrictions make the loop as drawn impossible. On the east side of the loop the trail route shows the trail crossing a creek (it's about 1/3 of the way down the east side). The park has put up fencing and signs to prohibit hikers from crossing because it is right above a really precipitous waterfall. The fencing isn't too prohibitive and the trail is still visible with stepping stone across the water. If you obey the signs, you'd have to follow the road, which would add significantly to the distance.

The only thing that makes this hike moderate is the elevation change as the trails are well maintained. I jogged when I could and with some side trails and taking pics, I did this 5 mile loop in 6.3 miles and 1.75 hours.

By far my favorite state park for hiking in Indiana!

7 months ago

Hiked close to 5 hrs and 7 miles of very hard, rugged terrain with lots of steps and hills, but a absolutely beautiful hike. We did trails 2,3,4,5 and 7 and saw some amazing views (pictures don’t do it justice). Walking the creek bed was our favorite (even though you get wet) and the hardest! Favorite hike so far and another one off the bucket list

A great trail with great scenery

8 months ago

Pretty views of Clifty Falls. Lots of steps and stairs. We did it in conjunction with other trails to makea longer hike. Bring a trail map! The trails intersect frequently.

Short, but very scenic. Moderate due to steps, but other fairly easy. Combined trail 6 and 5 to make a five mile hike.

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