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Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail

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Hoosier National Forest

Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near English, Indiana that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips 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

hiking

nature trips

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

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.

Was open in June. pictures can't really capture how cool this trail is. you could do it in a half hour or easily spend a couple hours.

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bugs
rocky
10 days ago

Had a great day with two 6 yr old and a 9 year old and my bestie! Go when it has rained. Waterfall was dripps

hiking
1 month ago

CLOSED as of 5/28/2020. Might be due to covid- a law enforcement officer was parked out front to make sure no one went in. Went to patoka lake 20 minutes away and saw some awesome trails there, instead!

hiking
2 months ago

ITS CURRENTLY CLOSED 4/18/20. We drove all the way here. It’s closed presumably because of Covid-19.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great place to bolder and explore. Very fun place to spend a few hours.

Beautiful as all the other reviews say. However, my next trip will be early morning and in the middle of the week. Just way to many people there on the weekends.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice afternoon hike, easy enough for beginner hikers. Took my four month old puppy along and he had a great time, had to lift him up some of the steeper rocks. Beautiful scenery and very relaxing.

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained and popular trail. The marked entrance will take you right to the biggest cliffs with waterfalls and steep decline. Lots of places for rest and opportunity to cross shallow creeks which was great for my dog. Overall a pretty easy hike with a few moderate spots especially if you go up into the cliffs and waterfalls. I took my time for the full loop and even the extra small loop for a 1.8 mile hike and it took about an hour.

hiking
3 months ago

Great length for young kids!!

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This is less of a trail to be hiked and more like a McDonalds PlayPlace for adults. The length and skill level displayed in this app should be taken with a grain of salt. Depending how you approach it, this one trail offers something for all skill levels. You can make it as easy or difficult as you want. It’s a deep ravine with large boulders and a stream pouring in as a light waterfall, the intensity of which will vary by the season. You can take your time scrambling over boulders 10’ tall or up and down the steep slopes. Exposed rock face in several spots make for fun and risky climbs. I burned half a million calories climbing all over this area. You can follow the stream for a good ways to add distance. Further down the designated trail, there’s some hilled loop that kicks ass if you’re already tired from exploring the ravine. Really not a bad way to spend a few hours.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Great trail! There are two waterfalls along this trail that gives some opportunities if you’re a photographer, especially after a rain when the water runoff is more plentiful

What a beautiful hike! Beautiful path, beautiful waterfall, Beautiful Trail! I highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Is dog friendly but glad I did not take my dog. He would have had some trouble by falls.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail will make you feel like you went back in time ... magical!

Very nice hike! Would do it again:)

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blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Beautiful view. Lots of trails off of main trail head.

4 months ago

Love this trail. I've hiked multiple times. I bring the Scouts here a lot.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! Several little waterfalls throughout the trail. Found a few hidden little caves. I have hiked Hemlock Cliffs many times and I always find something new. Free parking, but limited. There is not a restroom here. This trail is rocky in places, but so pretty!

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5 months ago

a couple of cool waterfalls, short hike, a couple of climbs, make it kind of challenging but well worth it.

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6 months ago

It had rained quite a bit the past two days, but today was nice and dry. Trails had very minimal mud, and the waterfalls were flowing and beautiful. There's so much to see and it's a shorter trail, so be sure to stop and enjoy your surroundings. I went with my dog, who's young and still learning leash manners. I recommend starting off on the trailhead on the left, going clockwise. It starts off much easier and you don't have rocks to climb down right off the bat. The rock steps aren't bad, my pup was just gun-ho and it was early in our hike. Highly recommend as a scenic hike!

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