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Clifty Falls State Park, Madison

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Clifty Falls State Park is an Indiana state park on 1,416 acres (573 ha) in Jefferson County, Indiana in the United States. It is 46 miles (74 km) northeast of Louisville, Kentucky. The park attracts about 370,000 visitors annually.
On Oct. 27, 1920, citizens of Madison, Indiana gave the land for the park, 570 acres (230 ha), to the state of Indiana at the suggestion of Richard Lieber. This was after a year's work by the citizens. A system of naturalist programs for Indiana state parks started in 1927, with Clifty Falls being one of the first four with one.
The park features Clifty Creek, Little Clifty Creek, and a canyon in which the sun only shines during midday.

It has many beautiful nature trails, especially those that go near Clifty Falls. The Clifty Inn is available for overnight guests, and the park contains a campground with sites for RV and tent campers.
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  • I come here all the time. Indiana has a lot of great state parks but this is the best. Beautiful scenery, great hiking trails, and not overly crowded. 
    I come here all the time. Indiana has a lot of great state parks but this is the best. Beautiful scenery, great hiking trails, and not overly crowded.  more »
  • My husband, 5 year old daughter and I hiked trail 7 from Lookout Point up to the parking lot by Clifty Falls at the north end of the park. It was a perfect length hike (about 1.25 miles) for all of.....  more
    My husband, 5 year old daughter and I hiked trail 7 from Lookout Point up to the parking lot by Clifty Falls at the north end of the park. It was a perfect length hike (about 1.25 miles) for all of.....  more »
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  • We absolutely adore Clifty Falls State Park. Our family has stayed in the Inn as well as camped here and love it every time. The trails are gorgeous and the hospitality is wonderful! It’s located just down the road from even more fun, restaurants, and shops in downtown Madison. You just HAVE to make a trip in the fall... so stunning and the town has so many fun events (for adults and kiddos alike).
  • There is an entrance fee of $7 if you’re instate and $9 if you’re out of state. This park has several beautiful outlooks and an awesome nature center showcasing several types of live snakes, reptiles and birds. Watch out for snakes on the trails! We crossed one while hiking a very well traveled path. There are some great hammock spots near the creek bed.

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