Southern Indiana Living

MAR-APR 2014

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5. Clifty Falls State Park Spring and fall are the perfect times to hike Clifty Falls near Madison since the sparse foliage allows better views of the park's waterfalls. While the park may not be very creative in naming their attractions – Clifty Falls features Clifty Canyon and Clifty Creek – the beauty of the area more than make up for the lack. Ten trails, from an easy half-mile to a rugged four and a half, and even a very rugged three-mile along the rugged creek bed – water level permitting — ofer something for everyone. Visit 6. Clark State Forest/Henryville Forestry Located just north of Henryville, the Clark State Forest is the oldest state forest, formed in 1903. The original 2,028 acres has been expanded to nearly 24,000. The parks fre tower has long been an attraction, afording expansive views of the Ohio Valley. Three hiking-only trails, in- cluding part of the Knobstone Trail, listed above, combine with nine horse trails and fve miles of mountain bike trails. Visit 7. Adventure Hiking Trail A 25-mile-long loop trail passes forested river blufs, ravines, sinkholes, and caves as it makes its way around the O'Bannon Woods near Corydon. Marked with green and white blazes, the trail passes near In- dian Creek on the east, runs along a ridge above the Ohio River and then follows the Blue River. The hike is easy to moderate with some steep ascents, but bring plenty of water. 8. Hemlock Clifs National Scenic Trail A moderate-rated 1.4-mile loop trail near English features a waterfall and is accessible year-round. Passing through a slot canyon surrounded by hemlock and oak trees, the trail passes under a massive rock house. To fnd the trail take Exit 79 of I-64, heading north on 37. Take a right on Bethany Church Road. 9. French Lick Resort While you may think of golf or gambling when you think of the French Lick Resort, more than 3,000 acres of land with nine miles of trails crisscross the property as well. Shared by bikers and walkers, the 5.5-mile Bufalo Trace Trail, following the side of Mr. Airie, and intermediate Waterfall Trail Loop take visitors past rock outcroppings, quarries and caves. For more information visit 10. Indian Creek Trail Ultimately, the trail will tie downtown Corydon with the Hayswood Nature Preserve. For now, some sections are com- plete, with the 1.1 mile section in the nature preserve ofering a nice walk along Indian Creek, and across it using the recon- structed Rothrock Mill Bridge. The bridge, a 160-foot long steel truss bridge, is over a century old and once crossed Blue River. The trail, an excellent route for spotting Canada geese, deer, blue heron, and bald eagles, can be accessed at the Hayswood fshing pond parking lot on the west side of Indian Creek. • Hemlock Cliffs National Scenic Trail. Photo courtesy Wayne and Hoosier National Forests. March/April 2014 • 12 // Top 10 MarchApril 2014.indd 12 2/23/14 9:05 PM

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