Clifty Falls State Park
Clifty Falls State Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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This scenic area, known for its hiking, has beautiful waterfalls and a canyon.
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Cindy B
Lowell, IN3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We really enjoyed this park. There is a 7$ gate fee for Indiana residence, and 9$ for non resident. NBD, most state parks have entrance fees. The rugged hikes were not really rugged at all, lots of stairs, but the views worth the steps. Cant wait to come back in the spring when the waterfalls are flowing better.
Written October 18, 2020
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shrngoss
Indianapolis, IN104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We kind of spur of the moment decided to get away for a couple days so we took advantage of the BOGO rooms at the Clifty Inn. Not much activity because of the weather but everything was very clean and comfortable. Because of the weather we couldn't do much outdoors. The restaurant was only available for to go items so that was kind of a bummer. We had taken breakfast food with us and there are plenty of good food options downtown. A really relaxing, laid back two day after a three hour trip from Indianapolis. The best road the whole trip were after we got in the park. Thank you DNR.
Written February 3, 2021
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY4,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
We have come to appreciate Clifty Falls State Park the last few years as a peaceful and enjoyable way to spend time outdoors. The spring and fall are probably the best times to visit as the weather is much more pleasant. Clifty Falls and Little Clifty Falls are generally the the highlights of this park with paths that loop around the falls. Just be careful when it’s wet as the paths become slippery and watch out for rocks and roots that may trip you up. After a day of hiking and enjoying the scenery do visit nearby Madison, Indiana with its quaint shops and restaurants plus the historic homes/mansions.
Written May 22, 2020
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Boliermaker
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It rained two inches the night before we were here and the four waterfalls were really running big time. Just beautiful for this time of year. Great view of Clifty Falls with only about a 100 yard walk from parking lot that is wheel chair accessible. Other views take some stair climbing.
Written September 4, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Our second visit, this time camping for three nights so that we could explore the park and nearby town of Madison. The campground is good but quite open so it's easy to see all hundred-or-so campers nearly at the same time. Lucky for us we stayed through Sunday so the campground had mostly cleared out by the afternoon and was nice and peaceful. We had a spot (26) on the outside edge of the campground road which was good (and shady) but the spot had a severe slope to it making it difficult to level the RV and making some of the spot not very usable for sitting and relaxing. The hiking trails however, were quite nice and we explored several that led to various falls, which were running pretty well after a good rain the day before. Highly recommended if you're in the area.
Written April 29, 2021
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Vacation_Commander
Muncie, IN1,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is officially the second-best state park in Indiana... right behind Turkey Run. The trails here are amazing. I recommend taking the one that follows the creek bed if the water is down. We also went through the cave and saw most of the falls (even though the water level was down).
Our campsite was also very nice with some of the best shower houses I've been to.
Clifty Falls, may become one of our yearly visits from now on.
Written July 7, 2023
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CAR
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We love staying at the Clifty Falls Inn. The rooms are updated, with very comfortable beds, microwave and frig so you can bring some of your meals. The breakfast in the dinning room is standard but quite good and affordable.

It is a bit disconcerting to look out and see that huge coal smoke stack. Gosh, what's in the air anyway? Benzine?

We are hikers and Clifty has some of the most rugged trails, if not THE most rugged trails of any of our state parks. You aren't rock climbing, but you are walking on rocks and gravel, so going down can be treacherous, especially if it has rained. One of us slipped and fell right on a knee. And we are all in shape. It is easy to get yourself in trouble if you are thinking you'll just go down a trail for an hour or so. You have to come back up.

If you sprain an ankle, I would not know how they'd get you out. Wear sturdy hiking boots, not sneakers or even running shoes.

We've seen people going down trails in flip flops. NOT a good idea.

I don't think dogs should be allowed on the trails. I like dogs but they get in the way, easily distracted and may pull you down if they want to go after something. When you are trying to stay balanced, holding a dog leash is dangerous. We were on a trail when two families with three dogs were coming down. The dogs were all barking and lunging at each other, and with the kids trying to get out of the way. Really idiotic to think your dog has to go with you everywhere.
Written October 15, 2021
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
I visited in July, and from the state of the waterfalls in the park, there hadn't been much rain lately. Each of them was barely a trickle of water. That being said, I loved the trails along what would be a river. If you get the chance, peek into the cave where the bats hang out.
Written January 14, 2020
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Lee Ann B
Beecher, IL126 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Inn itself is charming. Typical decor of all Indiana Inns. We were given a queen bed on main floor in the older area. The newer rooms were more expensive. We paid an average price for a room as any hotels but no breakfast is included. When we entered our room noticed carpet was old and stained. The only chair in the room was ripped in two places. We had a loud continious gurgling sound coming out of our register on celing. No place in bathroom to put anything by sink and no extra plug ins anywhere. These rooms are very dated and in need of an update. If you are going to charge prices compared to all other hotel chains you need to spend money on room updates. You stay at these inns for the ambience of the inn itself and the great outdoors. Did not get to see if the other rooms at the other area where they had added on were worth the extra $ but will definately consider them next time as these old rooms are not worth the $$. The staff was very friendly.
Written December 23, 2023
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Patty45238
Cincinnati, OH1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The water falls are nice, but they've put stupid decking all over the trails and this makes it extremely treacherous if they are the least bit damp. The processed wood and fungus on these treated wood walkways is like walking on ice. Everyone in our family slipped and took falls-and not minor falls. Mine was down a flight of stairs. I have an excellent pair of hiking boots and even these were no match for these stairs. Both my feet went flying out from under me. I thought I broke my back it was so bad. I have been laid up for 3 days with extreme back pain. If you're going to put these stupid walkways in everywhere, you ought to maintain them or glue some sandy grit to them for safety.
Also, the town put these giant power plant towers right in front of the park. What an eyesore.
Written August 3, 2020
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