Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail

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Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near English, Indiana 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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely love this trail. We were lucky and hit it the day after a rain and the waterfalls were spectacular, even caught a double rainbow at the first one (see pictures). Both waterfalls you can go behind. Down at the bottom of the first make sure to venture of the trail (follow the creek bed and climb up the rocks a bit) there is a gorgeous hidden small waterfall. If you climb up onto the rocks there is a small cave. The trails were nice and well marked. We drove from Louisville, KY and it was well worth it. Will def do it again. We went on a 58 degree day in Jan and was at the trail by 1030 am and took the last parking spot. There’s plenty of parking, but that’s how popular it was and even when leaving, people were still pouring in. This isn’t a long or hard trail, but take your time and explore off trail a bit when you see the opportunity. There’s some steps and rock
Climbing. It’s an amazing trail!

hiking
16 days ago

Very clean well mark trail. Very maneuverable with the dog. Kids have not stopped talking about how much fun it was. Looking forward to a winter hike to check out the frozen falls.

1 month ago

this is a must-visit

hiking
1 month ago

This is the coolest little loop trail in Indiana. It's literally a playground. There's cool stuff tucked away off trail everywhere. I'd come back to this trail just to get off trail. So fun.

1 month ago

Perfect for a short, quick hike. Well maintained, well marked trails. Awesome geology.

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenic hike with a ton of views to see and explore. The trail is easy and please take the second loop on the trail. You don’t want to miss the second waterfall along with a large shallow cave! You can walk inside the cave while being right behind the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I completed this trail on a 35 degree (at most) day and for the first time on this trail, plenty of water was flowing over the falls. And, due to the cold temps, plenty of ice at the bottoms of the falls. This is one of my favorite hikes in terms of scenery, bluffs, cliffs, rock faces, and similar. Absolutely beautiful area. Overall, this is a easy to moderate trail with only a handful of sketchy areas for the really young or old. Exploring around and off the trail is what makes this trail so fascinating! See our photos here.

3 months ago

Visited on a Monday morning and only saw two others on the trail. We basically had the whole canyon to ourselves! Very beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Camping is no longer allowed on this trail. Beautiful hike!

4 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, the waterfall was dried up on our visit. There is a single disperse campsite located to the right of the entrance.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike. Great little place and well marked. Just make sure you take at the loop!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, even without the waterfall running and the creek beds being pretty dry. Definitely take the optional loop when you get too it. The shallow cave at the top is awesome.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views. We actually hiked at Hemlock on a rainy day, and it was a lot of fun.

6 months ago

Beautiful views along the way. Waterfall was a lighter flow than what I was expecting. But still very peaceful, not a crowded trail.

6 months ago

beautiful place to get away from it all.

hiking
7 months ago

Been going here for years and it's still one of my favorite places to go in the Southern Indiana Area! Very nice and peaceful place to go and get away from people for a day or two!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful & just the right length to take my mom on her first hike. Most beautiful after a rainfall so one can see the waterfall in action.

hiking
8 months ago

My husband and I stopped at a campsite in Hoosier on the way back from Shawnee and the camp host told us we HAD to hike this while we were in the area. She was right! This was an amazing hike and although the trail is on the shorter side, you can spend hours here checking out the caves, waterfalls, streams and rock formations. Unfortunately the falls were kind of a trickle when we were there, but that made the streams fairly dry which isolated little pools full of life, there were fish, crayfish, salamanders. Absolutely take the little optional loop halfway through which takes you to an awesome cave.

9 months ago

Awesome trail! Easy to walk, even a couple waterfalls! will go again!

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent day hike. Go after a rain shower for the best experience. Winter time is also cool with frozen waterfalls!

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing time in what feels like a gully from Sleeping Beauty. Great views and some added difficulty if you want to climb the cliffs. Enjoy it!

10 months ago

Extremely pretty short hike with plenty to experience waterfall dense forests. Caves rock formations. It’s very cool for only a bit over 1 mile

nature trips
10 months ago

Have been to this secluded jewel of a location in the Hoosier National inumerable times. Whether camping or a daytrip I absolutely reccomend this beautiful unique trail to anyone in the area or afar. The far side of the trail conceals an astounding giant cave formation halfway up the cliffs. Love it.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved this hike! It was kid friendly but challenged them on some of the off shoots of the trails to climb rocks and explore. We spent about 2 hours getting lost in all the different areas we could safely climb! Loved the views and waterfalls!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a beautiful trail and an easy hike. Enjoyed the waterfalls.

hiking
11 months ago

50 degree day in January made for a crowd. But this is a beautiful trail and my 4 year old did great!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Easy trail with a couple god climbs and amazing scenery.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Amazing gem that changes with the seasons and weather. I had children from 6-13 and no issues navigating but we do a lot of hiking. A family favorite!

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Great trail with two (trickling) waterfalls around 30ft high. Lots to see in such a short trail.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

I have done this hike several times and I think the best time does this hike is in the winter when there are the frozen waterfalls. Either way the hike is scenic but way too short.

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