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Most Beautiful Indiana Waterfalls

by Joe Dorish on 08/08/09 at 4:45 pm

Nobody thinks of waterfalls and Indiana together but the Hoosier State has a surprising number of waterfalls considering its flat landscape and a couple of these falls are true beauty’s.

Indiana is generally thought of as a flat Midwestern state and is not known for its waterfalls but the state does contain a few pretty and somewhat high waterfalls and some of its state parks come alive with waterfalls after rain.

Big Clifty Falls


Big Clifty Falls drops some 60 feet along Clifty Creek in Clifty Falls State Park in southern Indiana just outside of Madison right over the border with Kentucky along the Ohio River.To reach the park just follow signs from Madison you cannot miss it. The best view of Big Clifty Falls is from the overlook.

Cataract Falls


Cataract Falls is the largest volume waterfalls in Indiana. It is located along Mill Creek in Cataract Falls State Park southwest of Indianapolis. To reach the falls from I-70 take the Cloverdale exit Routes 43 and 231 south for roughly 7 miles and turn left onto Cataract Falls Road. There are actually two falls here. The upper falls drops some 30 feet and the lower falls about 15 feet.

Tunnel Falls


Tunnel Falls drops some 83 feet along Deans Branch in Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana. The falls is named for a nearby 600 foot long railroad tunnel that was abandoned before being completed.


McCormick’s Creek Falls


McCormick’s Creek Falls is located in the oldest state park in Indiana, McCormick’s Creek State Park (1916). The falls and park are located in northern Indiana just west of Spencer along 46 where you will see the entrance for the park. Though McCormick’s Creek Falls is only some 12 feet or so in height the canyon around the falls is pretty interesting and there is a very minor waterfall just above the one seen here.

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Illinois Waterfalls

Aug 8th, 2009

Check out Illinois too!

ken bultman

Aug 8th, 2009

Great article and photos. I’ve seen most of the falls. Even donated money to get Shades State Park up and running.


Aug 8th, 2009

Really beautiful waterfalls. Thanks for the tour again. Have my liked it, of course.


Aug 9th, 2009

Another great tour with impressive pictures in support. I always enjoy looking these places over with your articles.


Aug 9th, 2009

I’ve been to Indiana many times and never once saw a waterfall. Thank you for showing me what I missed.

Lauren Axelrod

Aug 9th, 2009

I like the old farmhouse in Roann.

Mary J McCoy Dressel

Aug 10th, 2009

I’ve seen the waterfal at the Bridgeton Covered Bridge on a covered bridge tour. There’s something special about seeing a waterfall. Maybe it’s because we don’t see them that often, unless we live near one. Very nice write up.


Melody SJAL

Aug 10th, 2009

They’re serenely beautiful.

Aledys Ver

Aug 14th, 2009

Really beautiful place!! Thanks for sharing this!


Aug 24th, 2009

All great falls to look at but couldnt go on the one u had to be in a boat no matter how pretty it was….Great pics,great article.


Oct 27th, 2010

You missed a couple. McCormick’s Creek State Park and Cataract Falls, both in Owen County.

Joe Dorish

Oct 27th, 2010

Both Cataract Falls and McCormick’s Creek Falls on this list.


Jun 12th, 2011

Old Mill Dam right outside Terre Haute. And there is another mill in Mansfield, IN that is particularly nice.


Jul 20th, 2011

There is a new book out on Madison Indiana Waterfalls I’ve discovered recently!

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