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Clifty Falls State Park

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Starting here:

Azalea Manor
Bed & Breakfast

510 West Main Street
Madison Indiana
(812) 274-4059
Please all between 10am-10pm
Ending here:

Clifty Falls State Park
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison Indiana
(812) 273-8885

DO NOT drive to the
mailing address of
1501 Green Rd.

Suggested route (6.5 miles, 10 minutes)

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Alternate route (4.6 miles, 11 minutes)

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Things you'll need when you get here.

The Official
Clifty Falls State Park Map,
pamphlet & reservations instructions.
The official map of
Electric & Non-Electric sites.
includes policies, procedures, & operations.

It’s VERY IMPORTANT to read BOTH of these pamphlets carefully.

Remember the Central Reservation System at 1-866-6campIN
Also online at camp.IN.gov.

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What’s great
about Bed & Breakfasts
in Madison Historic District?

It’s being able to visit nature and the great outdoors at Clifty Falls State Park, and at the end of the day, driving only about 5 miles to soft deep carpeted floors, a hot shower, and an enormous deep soft mattress to rest your sore worn feet, knees & ankles, and a real breakfast prepared for you at no additional cost when you wake up in the morning. Truly enjoying nature the way god intended! This is the reason people sometimes call Azalea Manor the Clifty Falls Bed and Breakfast.


What else do I need to know about Clifty Falls State Park?

BURN BAN! Effective immediately, due to extremely dry conditions, Jefferson County has implemented a complete burn ban. NO CAMPFIRES or GRILLS allowed at Clifty Falls State Park until further notice. Thank you for your patience.

BURN BAN UPDATE 8-17-2012: NO CAMPFIRES allowed at Clifty Falls State Park campground or at the Inn. Propane and charcoal grills may now be used in the campground, and in the standing grills around the property, effective immediately. Contact the property with specific questions. Thank you for your continued patience.

POOL HOURS FOR REMAINDER OF 2012! Clifty Falls Pool will be open WEEKENDS ONLY after August 7th thru Labor Day from 12-6pm. However, the pool will be CLOSED on August 25th & 26th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.

Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances on state roads 56 and 62. The park’s waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal them at their best. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery.

Clifty Creek’s stony bed is littered with fossil remnants telling of a long vanished marine ecosystem that teemed with life that included ancient corals, ancestral squids, brachiopods and more. Fossil collecting within Clifty Falls State Park is prohibited but nearby collecting locations are readily accessible.

In Historic Madison, tour the Lanier State Historic Site, the former mansion of frontier banker James F. D. Lanier, and enjoy the drive along the beautiful Ohio River. Plan a park visit during one of the community’s special events, such as the July Regatta hydroplane boat race or the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in late September.

Please Note: Clifty Falls Tunnel is closed until further notice

All caves, sinkholes, tunnels and mines on DNR properties are closed to provide protection from white-nose syndrome, a fungus that is killing bats in large numbers in the Eastern U.S. and is now spreading west. This includes the old railroad tunnel at Clifty Falls. To learn more about WNS visit www.dnr.IN.gov/batdisease.

• Nature Center/Interpretive Naturalist Services
• Shelters (Shelter Reservations)
• Picnicking
• Hiking Trails
• Tennis & Other Games
• Meeting & Conference Facilities
• Clifty Inn and Restaurant
• Swimming Pool / Water slide Open Memorial Day (Policy)

Camping - See campground maps under MAPS tab
• Electric / 106 sites
• Non-electric / 63 sites
• Youth Tent Areas
• Dumping Station



DESCRIPTION OF HIKING TRAILS (Download both maps above in blue boxes).

1.RUGGED (.75 mile)—Starts at nature center parking lot, proceeds to Observation Tower overlooking Ohio River, then along canyon wall to park road. Long, steep grades in and out of canyon.

2. VERY RUGGED (3 miles)—One-way, no-outlet in North End. Continual water damage and rockslides have required the removal of this structure for everyone’s safety; therefore, access in and out of the canyon is available only via connecting trails 1, 4, 5, and 8. Trail 2 is primarily the stone bed of Clifty Creek and may be impassable during times of high water. Areas above and below all waterfalls are always OFF LIMITS.

3.RUGGED (1 mile)—Starts at park road just south of Poplar Grove. Long grade descends to mid canyon, then follows along canyon. Steep grades rise to Poplar Grove. Easy walking to near side of Beech Grove connecting with Trail 4.

4.RUGGED (.75 mile)—Starts at Hoffman Falls parking lot. Short distance to spectacular falls overlook. Follows canyon to Lilly Memorial (spur connects to Clifty Creek), which has a long, steep staircase at Lilly Memorial.

5.RUGGED (.875 mile)—Starts at Lilly Memorial, long, steep staircase to mid-canyon. Follows along canyon past tunnel entrances (spur connects to Clifty Creek), past Oak Grove to Tunnel Falls. Steep staircase from falls overlook to road.

6. MODERATELY RUGGED (.5 mile)—Starts at Hickory Grove, follows canyon just below rim to Lookout Point. Some very rocky footing.

7. MODERATELY RUGGED (1.25 miles)—Starts at Clifty shelter, proceeds past Little Clifty Falls along rocky footing to Lookout Point. Returns to picnic area east of shelter via upper Little Clifty Creek gorge.

8. RUGGED (4.5 miles)—Starts just west of north gatehouse. Proceeds south along west rim of Clifty Canyon. Steep grades to Clifty Creek at north and south ends of trail. (Steep switchback connects to creek across from Oak Grove.) Exits south canyon to park road or Trail 1 to nature center.

9. MODERATE (1 mile)—Campground to nature center and Clifty Inn, via swimming pool.

10. EASY (.75 mile)—Starts at back of swimming pool parking lot, features old field ecology.

Brough’s Folly 1852 railroad path


You Tube Videos about Clifty Falls State Park

0:43/Uploaded by jrmarsha on Feb. 10, 2007

Experience the flora and fauna of Clifty Falls. Wildlife and wildflowers abound in the valleys and uplands that comprise the Clifty Falls landscape. Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison, Indiana.

4:32/Uploaded by jrmarsha on Feb. 10, 2007

Wander through Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana. See Clifty Inn, wildlife, the railroad tunnel and, of course, the falls.

13:24/Uploaded by nativerobin on August 11, 2011

Follow a long as we take to the trails and explore Clifty Falls State Park in historic Madison Indiana.

0:17/Uploaded by jhp40219 on Mar 14, 2007

Short video of the Big Clifty Falls waterfall in Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, IN.

1:30/Published by VisitIndiana on July 13, 2012

Great outdoors getaway, Clifty Falls State Park, Madison Historic District, southern Indiana’s rolling hills along the Ohio River. Indiana’s most scenic State Park, many hiking trails of varied difficulty (details above), several waterfalls, scenic views of the Ohio River. It’s a good time at the park.

Stop in Madison Historic District, a classic river town with quaint downtown restaurants, shops, antiques, & wineries. (paraphrased)

15:33/Uploaded by LEOVID852 on Apr 11, 2011


0:59/Uploaded by jrmarsha on Feb. 10, 2007

Plunge into the darkness of Clifty Falls' cave-like tunnel. It’s a cool place in the summer and an adventure to explore. Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison, Indiana.

0:48/Uploaded by jrmarsha on Feb. 10, 2007

Hike Clifty Falls State Park trails. Clifty's trails are some of the most rugged in Indiana. Pack your hiking shoes and don't forget your map. Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison, Indiana.

0:31/Uploaded by BusterBayVideos on Sep 26, 2011

Relaxing Canyon Stream - Clifty Falls State Park Indiana - Please Like and Favorite !!

1:31/Uploaded by charlesNKY on Oct 15, 2010

Autumn drive through Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, IN


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