Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls, Tunnel Falls

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Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls, Tunnel Falls is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Madison, Indiana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.4 miElevation gain1,030 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallBugsMuddyRockyFee
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The park has $9 entrance fee for non-Indiana residents $7 fee for Indiana residents

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Claire Kelly
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Amanda Coggins
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We did not follow the trail for part of it because we got off the original planned path.

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Brian Rasey
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HikingRocky

Excellent loop if you start at the North Parking lot and start on Trail 8. Take it south and skip the first intersection with Trail 2 and go a little over 2 miles until yo drop to the river and cross it. There, you’ll join briefly Trail 2 and then there is a menagerie of trails but essentially you will follow 3, 4, and 5 until you get to Tunnel Falls. From there you’ll do a short road walk to hook back up with Trail 6 and finally Trail 7. This route was suggested by a ranger at the nature center and it was perfect! I’ll upload a picture of the map with a highlighted route. There is plenty of eye candy on the trail and the reason for 4 stars is that you really have to pay attention to the navigation, which burned a bit of time once or twice. Turns out to be a little over 7 miles.

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Todd Federman
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definitely need to off trail and it is great

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Doug Lane
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Challenging, well-maintained

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Travis Guenther
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Early season and wet

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Iason Moutzouris
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Denise Reese
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It was an awesome day for hiking. Completed 4 falls challenge and got parts of several trails. Weather was warmest of year at around 57.

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Trevor McMillen
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Tammie Miller
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Steven Ross
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HikingGreat!

This loop is closer to 9 miles, and there are some variations not shown. Pick up a park map to get a better feel of the layout.

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B K
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HikingRocky

The map shown here won’t work. If you follow Clifty Creek (Trail2) north from its intersection with Trail 8 you can’t get back to the parking lot via Trail 7 any more. It’s impassable and I had to turn back. Wish I had read the description on the park’s trail map. Be sure to get one and read the trail descriptions. Trail 2 is not a trail at all. It’s just a creek with steep banks that force you to cross the creek several times.

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Kylie Bosch
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Trail was impassable at southern end where you have to cross the river due to heavy rains the last two days. The last quarter mile or so were pretty wet and slippery but aside from that it was a great hike!

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Jon longo
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Joshua Bush
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Meriah Coleman
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Anthony Mayer
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It was strenuous. Great hike, but the maps where not right. Hit a couple dead ends

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Jaclyn Lynch
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Enjoyable while challenging. The AllTrails route guided to walk along the road, so I took the Tunnel Falls and Trail 6 instead of walking the road that whole portion.

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Ben Weber
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Nice loop It's easy to get turned around if you take the creek back

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Adrian Ball
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This is probably our favorite state park to hike in and have been doing it for years. This is the first time though that we’ve hiked this late in the season and it felt like a different park with the leaves down and being able to see much more of the landscape. Saw many hawks today in the trees as well! Great hike as always!

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Sierra Lane
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tbh it was a little boring for a lot of parts but i guess the waterfalls made up for it. really challenging for me. says 7 miles but we got lost and ended up hiking 9 so i was pretty exhausted. trail 8 is beautiful and the rest is pretty much just trees and rocks.

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Ethan Grunden
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Ashley Lopez
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Beautiful trail with a lot to see.

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Amy Conner
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Kevin Mann
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Kate Murphy
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Really great hike. Challenging at times. I looped trail 3 twice by accident. Need better trail markings to do entire loop. I start at trail 8 at the visitor center but truffled with looping around on 3, 4 and 5.

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