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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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Ouabache State Park
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20 Completed 2 Reviews

The good and the bad - it's in the middle of Indiana farm country. Why good - so am I, so it's a few miles up the road. The bad - Indiana farm country is flat. Trail 5 (as all trails at the park), are nicely shaded paths through woodland, with an occasional footbridge over a wet area. Not a bad way to spend a few hours! The park also has buffalo, a lake and a fire tower that you can still climb.

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Pate Hollow Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This trail is one of my favorites ever. Great views, changes in elevation makes it challenging and woods makes it awesome.

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Town Run Trail Park
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

20 feet in and I see a 3 inch thick SNAKE. B
ut other than that it was a goo trail.

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Three Lakes Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Whew! What a workout! This trail was absolutely beautiful each step of the way =] make sure to bring plenty of water along.

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Kokiwanee Nature Preser
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20 Completed 2 Reviews

This was a great place for a Sunday afternoon hike. A nice moderate hike along the river, small ravines, a waterfall and lake. The trails are well maintained and you can do as many as you like. I think you would have to do every trail there in order to get in the 5 miles.

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Buzzard Roost Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Scarce O'Fat Trail
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

I hiked the first half of Yellowwood Lake trail before beginning this trail. This trail is not as well maintained as the lake trail. This trail Has more ups and downs. It's much more remote. I really enjoyed the last portion of the trail through the valley. A sizable portion of the trail was on a dirt road. I should have read the reviews. They had markers along the road so I didn't feel lost. The sign at the trail head put the hike at 4 miles. If it's 4 miles, that was the slowest 4 mile hike I have taken.

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Pokagon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

immensely beautiful trails. enjoyed it.

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Cowles Bog
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Probably the best hiking trail in Indiana Dunes. It may sound odd to cite a view of the Chicago skyline (from the beach, on clear days) as a highlight of a nature trail, but in this case it really is. The west side of this loop is unmarked at the beach end, so if returning by that route, watch carefully for footprints and a path emerging from the dune scrub. As earlier reviewers indicated, it's pleasantest to do this hike as a semi-loop/lollipop from the Cowles Bog Trailhead parking lot, heading out along the east side of the loop, then returning via its west side, taking the second connector path back towards the Cowles Bog lot (official trail map here: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageID=147724). That way, you avoid the unsightly powerlines lining the final stretch of the loop's west side to Greenbelt Trailhead, as well as a boring plod up Mineral Springs Rd. back to your car. However, if you wanted a longer hike, the bridge over Hwy 12 at the Greenbelt Trailhead is part of the Porter-Brickyard bike path (map: http://www.indianadunes.com/assets/2011-Biking-Guide-Web1.pdf), which soon connects, via Oak Hill Rd., with the Bailly Cemetery spur of the Bailly/Chellberg/Little Calumet trail system--watch for the trail marker labeled "CT" on the north side of Oak Hill Rd. to verify that you're turning (south) off the bike path at the right spot. (Official map of the Bailly trail system here: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=69224.) These trails could add up to 4 miles to your hike. Either way, you'll probably want mosquito repellent, particularly if you're moving slowly or making longer stops.

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Clifty Falls State Park
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

I came in #8 TH near the North Gate. Took a connector down to #2 and then went up Dean's Branch, close to the base of Tunnel Falls. I highly recommend checking out Dean's Branch. See my full review at http://www.kentuckywarrier.com/greenway-travels.html

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