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Clifty Falls State Park

Madison, IN

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Clifty Falls State Park is a 14 mile loop trail located near Madison, Indiana that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, scenic driving & walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Low Gap Trail in Morgan-Monroe State Forest
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

Notice to Morgan-Monroe trail users. The Rock Shelter Trail is closed for a timber harvest that should be completed by the end of March. The Low Gap, Mason Ridge and Tecumseh Trails will remain open although they must bypass the closed area. Please respect the posted trail closure signs.
Low Gap, the Tecumseh Trail and Rock Shelter follow the same path from the trailhead at the Main Forest Road until they split at the big wooden sign where Low Gap and the Tecumseh turn south and the Rock Shelter goes left along the gravel log road back to the trailhead for a 3 mile loop.
For hikers coming from the Backcountry, they will see the trail closure at the wooden sign and use the last section of the Rock Shelter trail to reach the trailhead at the Main Forest Road. This cuts the 10-mile Low Gap hike by about 2 miles.

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CCC Trail (2) at Brown County State Park
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Passes behind lodge and cabins with a couple of stone bridges and walkways. Not much elevation and also passes near lower shelter and the North Lookout Tower which I recommend you try for great views and pictures. There are two starting points, if you don't like climbing up stairs, start at the W/NW point begininng with the stairs, as you will be descending, otherwise, you will be climbing up at the end of your hike. Nice little loop trail for beginners, around 2 miles and 1 hour in length, depending on stops.

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Hayswood Nature Reserve Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hayswood Park - Indian Creek Trail

Hayswood Park is one of my local trails; easy and quick for us to visit. There are two trails available at Hayswood Park – the original trail is in the upper portion of the park and includes the bluff overlook. The "newer" Indian Creek Trail is at the lower end of the park past the duck pond. This is the trail we normally walk and the trail that I am reviewing today.

We got an early start today since we have rain moving into the area this afternoon. Temps were pretty mild, making for an enjoyable walk this morning. In the lower portion of the park there is a duck pond with fishing pier, a basketball court and picnic tables. The area was clean and well maintained. The trail starts at the parking lot. The path for the primary trail is asphalt and is wide and well maintained.

There are numerous benches and trash cans located along the trail and both the park and trail were very clean. This trail follows along Indian Creek and at other times of the year I have seen Cranes and Egrets in the creek. The steep limestone bluffs are always beautiful rising up from the creek bed below. Normally we follow the asphalt trail to its end and turn around and walk back. Today we took the gravel walking path and made the loop back around. The gravel walking path is clearly marked with large signs. The path was well maintained, wide and easy to follow. This lesser used path offered some very nice views of Indian Creek. The only “odd” thing was halfway through the gravel loop there is a single occupied home. The path runs right next to the small obviously occupied house. This morning their dog was out and loose and followed us for a while.

The gravel path returns to the asphalt path near the bridge. In this area there is a path down to the creek and Annie went down to take a look, but didn’t get her feet wet. The bridge used on the trail is the Rothrock Mill Bridge. This 160 foot long steele truss bridge once crossed the Blue River; but was relocated and now stretches across Indian Creek here at Hayswood Nature Reserve. There are plans (not currently in progress) to connect this section of the Indian Creek Trail to two other existing sections of Indian Creek Trail which would make an amazing trail.

This trail is frequented by a wide variety of folks – dog walkers, families, runners, solo walkers and young and elderly couples. The asphalt trail would be an easy and enjoyable walk for hikers of all abilities.

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Turkey Run State Park: trails #2 thru #11
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

is the hiking trails free? iv called all the numbers to the park but cant get ahold of anyone.. i really would like to go but need inmormation, do u have to camp there or anyting to be able to go hiking? can someone text me who has more information? 812-798-4191 i live 2 hours away and dont want to drive if its like 50$ a person to hike.

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peninsula trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike. Took about 2 hours to reach the lake from the parking lot. The camp sites near the left side of the fork have great rock benches and spectacular views of the lake.

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Clifty Falls State Park
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Clifty Falls is absolutely beautiful, especially when the leaves are changing. It took about 6 hours to do just about the whole thing....that was with no kids along. Trail 2 goes down the creek is great in the summer and fall, but be aware of water snakes in the summer. With too much rain you won't be able to hike it. Has some steady inclines on 3, 4, and 5...........be in shape, bring food and water, and wear great shoes. Also, Madison is a great little town nearby for eating and window shopping and general sight seeing.

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Turkey Run State Park: trails #2 thru #11
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Loved it in the winter, the water falls were frozen and it was amazing

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Turkey Run State Park: trails #2 thru #11
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Loved it in the winter, the water falls were frozen and it was amazing

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Turkey Run State Park: trails #2 thru #11
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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Loved it in the winter, the water falls were frozen and it was amazing

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southwestway park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Moderate hike but great for kids 6+. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the tree house (200 yards west of parking lot) or down by the rivers edge. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers.

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