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 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 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.