State Park

Clifty Falls State Park

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.

On Oct. 27, 1920, citizens of Madison, Indiana gave the land for the park, 570 acres (230 ha), to the state of Indiana. A system of naturalist programs for Indiana state parks started in 1927, with Clifty Falls being one of the first four. 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. There are both electric and non-electric camp sites set aside for riders who wish to stay at the park. For reservations call 812-273-8885.

Once you enter Clifty Falls State Park you’ll enjoy a scenic ride through Clifty Canyon, passing by several great lookout areas including Lookout Point and Lilly Memorial. Feel free to take a quick break from your bike to enjoy the views. As you continue on down the road, you will pass by the Nature Center. Stop by and see some live reptiles and amphibians, or enjoy the wildlife viewing area. Just a short walk from the Nature Center is an observation tower you can climb up for great views of the Ohio River and downtown Madison. Next you will reach the Clifty Inn. Once there, stop at the Friends of Clifty Falls State Park hospitality table to get more information on the Friends Group and what they do, and find out more about the park. Then go on in to the dining room to enjoy a hot meal of your choice.