Stop #5: France Park Falls
Park is just a few miles outside of Logansport. There are tons of
activities to do in the county park (including camping, fishing, and
even scuba diving!), which is located at an old quarry, and the France
Park Falls are easy to access and make for a fun stop if you are in the
area. If you want to stay a bit longer, there are several miles of
trails in the area, but for our trip, we only made a quick visit so we
could move on to our next stop.
4505 W US-24, Logansport, Indiana 46947
Stop #6: Williamsport Falls
height of 90 feet, Williamsport Falls is the tallest free-falling
waterfall in Indiana. This narrow plunging falls has cut a cool little
spout in the sandstone ledge, and the pool it spills into was once a
sandstone quarry that produced much of the rock used in the foundations
of buildings in the town of Williamsport.
19th century, the falls flowed enough to support a mill, but the
changing landscape of the area and the diversion of the creek for farm
irrigation has left the water flow inconsistent, and at times the falls
are entirely dry…but if you do catch them flowing, the view is quite
25 North Monroe Street, Williamsport, IN 47993
3. Spring Mills State Park & Cave River Valley Nature Preserve
in the 1800’s settled in this area to take advantage of this flowing
cave springs to power gristmills, a sawmill, a wool mill, and even a
village has been restored and offers interpretive tours, and the small
falls created by the dam is worth a quick stop to see, but the coolest
part of this park is the spring, which flows right out of River Cave.
caves are a major draw to the area, especially since the
Donaldson/Bronson Cave and others had been closed for several years to
protect the bat population from an outbreak of White-nosed Syndrome.
The caves have now been reopened to the public, but require permission
from the Department of Natural Resources through the Indiana Karst
Conservancy to enter (which is totally worth the extra step, if you have
time to prepare before embarking upon this epic road trip).
3333 State Road 60 E. Mitchell, IN 47446
4. Hemlock Cliffs
Hemlock Cliffs Trail is a 1.5 mile loop that leads you down into a
narrow box canyon and offers lush green views, vertical sandstone
cliffs, and hides some of the most beautiful seasonal waterfalls in the
There are spots to stop and see Hemlock Cliffs Falls from both the top and from
the plunge pool below.
Messmore Falls drops an impressive 70 feet during high water flow times.
is moderately difficult, steep, and can be slippery in areas, but if
you are looking for a peaceful escape, Hemlock Cliffs is one of the most
beautiful areas in the state.
Hemlock Cliffs, Union Township, IN 47118
5. Clifty Falls State Park
Falls State Park is a truly unique place. The park has four waterfalls;
the largest, Tunnel Falls, drops 83 feet, however the other three-- Big
Clifty Falls, Little Clifty Falls, and Hoffman Falls—aren’t much smaller
(60 feet, 60 feet, and 78 feet, respectively).
Creek Canyon, which stretches the entire length of the park and empties
into the Ohio River, has over 12 miles of walking and hiking trails
(some of which are quite rugged) and has many other smaller falls to
explore as well.
1501 Green Road, Madison, IN 47250
6.. Muscatatuck Park
Muscatatuck River flows along the southern end of this park and there
are several waterfalls to see along the River Trail, which begins at the
Vinegar Mill, where you can see Canyon Creek Falls.
The River Trail follows the river for roughly two miles. The small Muscatatuck
Falls are fed by a limestone spring.
325 N State Highway 3, North Vernon, Indiana 47265
7. Anderson Falls
Falls may not have the epic free-fall of other waterfalls, but that
doesn’t make it any less beautiful! While only 12” tall, the spillway is
more than 100” wide and drops off of a rock ledge that creates a cave
space behind the falls.
Falls is easy to get to - it’s right along the road on CR 1140 and there
are signs and a small parking area to guide you. The far side of the
falls is part of the Anderson Falls Park State Nature Preserve, and you
can find further hiking trails there if you cross Clifty Creek above the
3699 North 1140 County Rd E, Hartsville, IN 47244