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

Nice hiking, great for kids starter hikes. Campground gets a bit loud...

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Boot Lake Nature Preserve Trails
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Very nice, scenic trail. However, I would highly recommend not going alone as there was a man adjusting his pants in the parking area. Easy to get lost on the trails as well, would recommend downloading the map.

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Schoen Trail
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18 Completed 3 Reviews

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Adventure Hiking Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

My 20 year old daughter and I arrived at the park in time to drop 2 gallons of water at Old Forest Road and at Cold Friday Road. I was using the Falcon Guide to Hiking Indiana as my guide. We went into the park and camped at the Pioneer Shelter. (This is a picnic shelter, not a camping shelter). We made a fire and camped for the night. By 7am, we were on the trail hiking clockwise, following the Falcon Guide. A few comments about the trail.
1). This is a strenuous hike. I have hiked many of Indiana trails and this wins for being the most challenging in some sections.
2) The trail is in good shape in most areas, but not in all areas.
3). We lost the trail in 6-8 spots. Others have placed orange flags in many areas that lead us to the right spot or I would have spent more time looking for the trail. Thanks if you took the time to help in this way. I wish I would have brought ribbons to add to the clarity of the route.
4). Berry bushes have taken over the trail in numerous spots. You might think this sounds crazy, but if I hike this trail again, I would bring a mâché to clear the berry bushes as I walked.
5) Going clockwise, the first 8 miles have the most hills. The last three miles have four to five difficult climbs.
6) The Flacon guide listed a shelter at mile 4.8. However, I didn't see it or it's not there.
7) We made it to Indian Creek Shelter by 3pm and rested till 5pm. This is a great spot to rest. We continued the next 4.4 miles to Old Homestead Shelter. This section had three areas where we lost the trail.
8) We left the next morning by 7am and were back at the car around 10am, tired and ready for a nap.
9. I am grateful this trail is here. It's the longest circular trail in Indiana that I know of. I am grateful for the Shelters. They are not real big, but they will hold 4-6 people. All the shelters have flat grassy areas to pitch a tent. The ladies at the entrance to the park were helpful, supplying updated maps. I would have given this trail 4 stars if the trail could be a little better marked. We hiked at a time where the trail was super wet and many of streams had water. We had an strenuous but enjoyable overnight hiking experience.

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Pearl Ravine at Shades State Park
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

Had a blast in the pearl ravine and devil's bowl yesterday. Trail1 & 2. Bring a good pair of hiking shoes and don't be afraid to get a little muddy. It will be a great adventure.

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Pearl Ravine at Shades State Park
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

Had a blast in the pearl ravine and devil's bowl yesterday. Trail1 & 2. Bring a good pair of hiking shoes and don't be afraid to get a little muddy. It will be a great adventure.

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Pearl Ravine at Shades State Park
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

Had a blast in the pearl ravine and devil's bowl yesterday. Trail1 & 2. Bring a good pair of hiking shoes and don't be afraid to get a little muddy. It will be a great adventure.

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Kokiwanee Nature Preser
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

Me and my wife had a photographer follow us down to these trails for our engagement pictures. There are at least three nice waterfalls on this trail. If you go to the boat ramp here is a big waterfall on your left if you venture up the trail.

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Kokiwanee Nature Preser
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2 Completed 5 Reviews

Me and my wife had a photographer follow us down to these trails for our engagement pictures. There are at least three nice waterfalls on this trail. If you go to the boat ramp here is a big waterfall on your left if you venture up the trail.

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Trail 1 at Shades State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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