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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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Pate Hollow Trail
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13 Completed 2 Reviews

Very well maintained with lots of nice hills and ravines.

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Three Lakes Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The Three Trail was rerouted to avoid having the trail closed during an active timber harvest. If you are hiking counterclockwise from Bryant Creek Lake, after crossing Beanblossom Creek and going uphill, the trail makes a turn to the left, leaving the log road before entering the timber harvest area. Following the white blazes and pink ribbons, the trail comes to the main forest road and crosses that road. There are two Carsonite posts with arrows to direct hikers to turn to the left. Additional posts along the road for a short distance lead the hiker to Stepp Cemetery where the trail goes back into the forest just to the left of the stone gate at the cemetery. Trail closing signs and maps with the new route were posted, but unfortunately, sometimes the signs do get torn down. Please follow the while blazes and the white arrows on those brown Carsonite posts.

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Trail 7 ogle lake
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13 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful fall trail but it is very short.. Connect with 4 and 5 to work your way up through the hills and into the nature preserve. You can eventually loop back and return on the other side of the lake.

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Trail 8 at Brown County State Park
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this trail with my 7 and 9 year old girls. My GPS reported 5+ miles, which included the spur to the West Tower. There is a 154-step stair system which was fun to descend (might not have been as fun going up!). Several shelter and picnic areas along the route to stop for a rest or a bite to eat. Fall foliage was perfect this time of year, though I'd recommend getting an early start to beat the crowd. The trail started getting pretty busy as we were wrapping up and parking was at a premium as we left.

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

I enjoyed most of this hike so much. I think there are some better vistas on the Three Lakes Trail, but some of the valleys and overlooks and the rock shelter on this one are gorgeous. I got a little nervous as I was walking the gravel road along private property that I had made a mistake and missed the trail, but at the end of the road it was clear the trail resumed. I would recommend it for great exercise, but some parts are a bit straight and tedious.

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Three Lakes Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I parked one car at Bryan Lake and another at Cherry Lake and hiked between them with a friend. We did the shorter of the two legs, due to time constraints. The trail was very well marked and maintained. The day was glorious if a bit overcast, the leaves were changing, the water crossings were running crystal clear, but not too deep. Just a wonderful day and a great short hike.

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Trail 5 Loop
by Julia Coleman

2 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice trail. We hiked after night and morning rain so be prepared to get feet wet while crossing creek several times. Very nice scenery.

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Westwood Park
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Definitely worth going! Make sure you go with plenty if time and do it slowly. Preferably accompanied. Not a hard trail, just long.

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