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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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Cowles Bog
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87 Completed 0 Reviews

This is my go to local trail. I hike it slow in the Fall to see beauty of the changing trees, in the Winter snows to test my fitness, and in the Spring to watch the surf at the beach, the stroms rolling in across the lake, and the flowers in bloom. A short drive from Chicago but limited parking that keeps the numbers on the trail light, but an easy 2 mile walk-in to the access from the South Shore line station near Dune Park along the Calumet Trail is also available. A bonus are the soft glacial sand hills that you can take slow and easy or push to a loping run on to practice for high altitude hiking.

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Falls Canyon Trail at McCormick's Creek State Park
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

This was moderate at its hardest points. Great swimming hole! Had three kids (8, 7, & 4) and two German Shepherds with us. Not even a mile long and .8 seems a bit much. Stunning views and serious water fun for the whole family. Small snakes were common so don't be surprised.

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Clifty Falls State Park
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Probably my favorite trail ever, #2, went up the creek bed.

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Trail 5 Loop
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

I have hiked this trail a few times with my family. The cave was open the last time we went and my teenagers made it through . The backside of the trail has a small hill you will need to climb. Lots of places to take a family picture. If you enjoy a fairly easy hike, seeing other people on a wide trail, this a a great trail.

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southwestway park
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Nice short hike. Picked a few berries along the way. A fairly narrow trail.

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Peninsula Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

I was surprised to find 5 cars at the trailhead on a Monday morning. They were all camping near the lake. Lots of horse tracks but didn't see any horses/riders. The reward to this hike is a swim in the lake. The trees kept the sun out and temperature down on a hot day. The trail was wide enough that I only hiked through a few spider webs.

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peninsula trail
by Jim Swan

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Peninsula Trail is "Kid Friendly". Party of 7, four adults and three kids (ages 8-10). Trail difficulty was Easy-to-Moderate (especially compared to the Knobstone Trail) and a little torn up by the horses, but not too bad for a multi-purpose trail.
Started the hike on Saturday morning (19-July) and campsites were plentiful before noon. Filled up a bit by end of day.
Most campsites we saw have sandstone fire pits and "couches". Great views of the lake and the kids enjoyed swimming, fishing, catching crawdads, and finding geodes.
Only negative was the amount of trash (including TP) left by inconsiderate souls. LEAVE NO TRACE PEOPLE! PLEASE!

Overall, I would recommend the Peninsula Trail!

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Two Lakes Loop
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11 Completed 4 Reviews

This was a great trail, scenery was great..saw 6 dear, 4 people..1 turtle & a lizard....I added some pictures...

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Buffalo Trace Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Trail is nice and clear. A little bit of something for everyone. Hills, creeks, etc. The loop I keep ending up on is 8 miles from the parking lot at the Valley Links golf course.

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Trail #4, Charlestown State Park
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14 Completed 5 Reviews

This trail is easy with just a little bit of elevation change. It can be completed easily in an hour, and there is not much for sight seeing. All in all, It is nothing special but, for as close as it is to Louisville, it is worth the drive

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