Falls Canyon Trail

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Falls Canyon Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Spencer, Indiana that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
534 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips






Trail starting near the camp store that looks through the nature preserve. Hill coming up into the end of the trail at the cabins caused an unexpected rest break. It is nice to have a cut over to the quarry and be able to jump on other trails.

It says for the very experience but I was able to do so quite well on it and I am about moderately experienced. I loved it. The prettiest I have seen in a long time

1 month ago

Pure awesome is what to expect from this trail. It has a lot to offer. The hills are of adequate size to present some challenge. The trees are beautiful and most of the hike is in the shade. There are several creek crossings but with a little effort you can keep your boots dry. The falls is fun. After ending up there the first day we found it so enjoyable we returned on the second day to cool off in the water. We decided that we would buy water shoes to put in our packs for walking on rocky creek bottoms. Remember to apply bug spray with Deet, pack water, and wear good quality hiking shoes.

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I went the other week and had a blast. Route 3 has the waterfall and has very beautiful scenery! We ended up finding alternative ways to get around obstacles in our way to make it a harder hike. It took us around 2 hours and had a lot of fun.

2 months ago

Beautiful trails and State Park. We did 5, 7, 10 and 3. Walked about 6.5 miles. Not really difficult but the ones down by the creek bed is a bit more challenging. We drove almost 3 hrs and it was worth it. Lots of picnic areas so bring you a lunch and enjoy between hikes. Also has horseback riding, but we spent all of our time hiking so can’t comment on that, but it looked really nice. The Inn also looked very pretty.

2 months ago

Great trail. One suggestion. This trail uses parts of several park trails. You need a good map to follow this trail. I gambled with low battery and was rewarded with several missed turns and about 2 extra miles. One other note the park changes trails for conservation and forestry restoration so you may have to detour. But over all a great experienced with a lot of topography changes.

4 months ago

Great trail but would be better if it was dryer. The large amount of spring rain made some of the trail unpassable.

6 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and fun scramble down the frozen river. The second half of the hike wasn't as amazing, but still pretty! The start of trail 3 was really confusing, but that may have been due to the snow and ice.

10 months ago

The park has a lot to offer, and the falls are a nice highlight of this trail.

Monday, March 13, 2017

This trail is actually a combination of trails 3, 5, 7 (and maybe some of 10) on the park map. I enjoyed trail three at the beginning of this hike. Much of it follows the riverbed and it's always fun to clamber over the rocks. Trail five (Wolf cave), is simple but enjoyable and Trail 7 gives some cool views of cliffs but isn't anything spectacular. A good hike, but better ones can be found at Shades State Park.

Friday, July 15, 2016

This was a good trail along the river. we went up it and down the river as well. I enjoyed climbing over the rocks on the sides of the river a lot.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great trail along river(trail3). Bug spray is a must. Visit wolf cave (trail 5) but know that you will be crawling and you may want knee protection and a flashlight. FYI they sell minor hats with a light for children at the Inn. We were able to see red headed woodpeckers, yellowtail butterflies, millipedes, newts or salamanders. We did see people swimming in the river. Bring drinking water.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great scenery walking along the creek. Enjoy taking the kids to the nature center. Be sure to sit and what some crazy birds and squirrels in the observation room while at the nature center.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Great place to visit!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Awesome hike. About lost the trail in the bottom of the canyon but luckily some other hikers helped us find our way. One of my favorite trails!! The canyon was awesome bcs it hadn't been raining much so we could explore the bottom. Went in the peak of fall colors and it was beautiful. Definitely gonna go back!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When the waters lower its fun to climb up the waterfall

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great workout, Took my kids (10 & 7) they had no trouble with it, but boy did they sleep good that night.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Great hike! Seemed much longer than 1 mile, but we went in the spring after a lot of rain. The creek was out of it's bed and the trail disappeared in spots. We had to walk along the edge of the creek along the rocks for a while. My 7 year old son really liked it, but he was pretty tired after we finished. There is a full discription of our hike on my website http://kidshikingindiana.weebly.com/ if you are interested.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Short trail but lots to see along the way and this can connect with #10 and then #7 which are also really nice.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This was moderate at its hardest points. Great swimming hole! Had three kids (8, 7, & 4) and two German Shepherds with us. Not even a mile long and .8 seems a bit much. Stunning views and serious water fun for the whole family. Small snakes were common so don't be surprised.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hiked here in the spring, was an excellent experience. Not many people at that time of year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Enjoyed trails 3 and 4 with the family which includes children ages 5 to 14. Moderate terrain with beautiful scenery. Looking forward to exploring the rest of the park.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nice trails at this park. Very well maintained.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I love McCormicks Creek. There are plenty of hiking trails and camping. Some caves ther too. Wolf cave is one of the comon ones there good for a starter cave. There is a pool and many picnic areas. Dogs must remain on a leash because there is some traffic there. The waterfall is nice, the deep forrest hiking is hard to top.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The kids and I had lots of fun on a hot day playing in the waterfally at McCormick's Creek. I really enjoyed all the trails in the park that were connected and simple to walk. Beautiful and fun! Can't wait to go back :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I'm guessing this refers to trail 3 @ McCormick's Creek State Park, which is actually less than 1 mile, but it is still absolutely beautiful. The park is less than 5 minutes from my home and I hike there on average of 3 times a week (I actually all 10 miles of trails today), and it's a wonderful place to visit, hike, and camp :D

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

There are no 3 mile trails in MCSP, the Falls Canyon Trail (trail 3?) is actually .8 miles, but still the most scenic trail in the park. Most of the trail follows the creek bed and passes by the parks most prominent feature, a beautiful waterfall in the bottom of the canyon. There's a scenic overlook above the falls too for a great view looking down on the falls and canyon.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This is a nice relaxing hike with great views of the canyon and the falls.

22 days ago

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