Back in September, the family and I took a camping trip to Clifty Falls State Park, near Madison, Indiana. It’s not one of Indiana’s bigger state parks, but it is huge on features, especially if you like creeks, fossils, canyons, and waterfalls. There are numerous waterfalls within it’s 1500 acres, a tunnel that was dug in the 1800s for a proposed railroad that never happened (currently closed to safeguard the bats), and a creek bed littered with 400 million year old marine fossils. Clifty Falls is a geologic wonder. The park also has an Inn overlooking the Ohio River, a nature center, large campground, swimming pool, and 10 hiking trails. Of those trails, Trail 2 is possibly the most scenic (and rugged) in Indiana. It follows Clifty Creek from just below the fire tower up on the hill, through forested hills and into Clifty canyon, culminating just short of the Clifty Falls themselves. There are also small tributaries that lead up to other waterfalls as well. The trail is littered with fossils and boulders that give you a sense of awe. During times of high water, trail 2 is impassable, but our hike was during a dry period, with the creek being extremely low. This made for low waterfall flows, but a great hike regardless.
Park website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2985.htm
Extended video of our hike: