Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail

MODERATE 148 reviews
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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

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
30 days 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
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent day hike. Go after a rain shower for the best experience.

hiking
2 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!

2 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Easy trail with a couple god climbs and amazing scenery.

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

The falls are almost dried up at this time, down to a few trickles, still about my favorite trail, love the canyon and all the cliff views!

8 months ago

it was amaze-balls.

definitely one of the best places I've been in indiana!! It's been very dry for months now and there was no water anywhere when I was there.
However that allowed me to get to a lot of places that may not have been easily accessed had it been flowing.

not a hard hike at all, a lot of elevation change but nothing too crazy but you definitely need to be able bodied to do the whole loop.

hiking
9 months ago

Short scenic hike along a creek that has carved out very cool rock formations and caves. Well maintained trail.

11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Love this trail. Best to go a couple of days after a good rain so the waterfalls are at their peak. Easy hike and great scenery though the entire hike.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great place for young kids that like to explore. Multiple waterfalls. Most of the trail is shaded too. With little ones (and even big ones) you'll want to remember to bring extra clothes for the car ride home as they will probably get a little wet and muddy.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This trail has beautiful scenery and is a great hike. The trail is marked well but there are trees across in a couple of places however they are easy to get over or around. There are two loops off the trail also. One of them above the waterfall that circles back to the parking area, the other circles up to the cave and bluff. It takes less than two hours to hike the trail and both loops.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

Went on a spring hike, no ticks except when we left the gorge and went to the powerlines. I recommend staying in the valley

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Gorgeous terrain! Only 1.2 mile loop, but PLEASE slow down and consume the sights. Beautiful waterfall! The trail is well used and marked, but there is a T that could cause confusion. We went CCW on the loop, so when we hit this T we went right (love this app) and we quickly realized we were on the correct trail. Later we realized that had we gone left it only did a short loop back to the T. Climbing up from the bottoms (next to the falls)and out could be a little tricky for some folks. Just be aware! Otherwise, nice easy hike we thought.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

slightly muddy but beautiful!!

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Awesome rock outcroppings. A must see Indiana treasure.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Perfect trail to take our energetic dog on! Very beautiful and well kept

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beautiful -short hike! love to see them cut more trails through the area it's such a beautiful area.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beautiful interactive trail! Loved climbing up into the rocks and walking along the creek.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Awsome a good no hurry trail. Best to go in the winter.

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