At Clifty Falls State Park, cabins and hotels give hikers and nature lovers a chance to explore the gorgeous surroundings that make it famous. Easily reachable from Louisville and Cincinnati, it boasts moderate to rugged trails spanning 12 miles.
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Best Hiking Trails in Clifty Falls State Park
Sculpted during the Ice Age, the waterfalls and geologic formations of Clifty Falls State Park have been amazing visitors for years. The hiking trails are known for offering a satisfyingly challenging terrain for hikers.
1. Hiking Trail 1, Observation Tower
At just 0.75 miles long but covering rugged terrain, this route passes by the park's observation tower, where you can stop to take in the breathtaking views and snap some photos. While this part of the canyon doesn't take long to cover, there is plenty of elevation.
2. Hiking Trail 7, Little Clifty Falls
This 1.25-mile trail offers superb views of splendid Little Clifty Falls. Continue to the gorge for more varied terrain and stop at the picnic area for a well-deserved snack.
3. Hiking Trail 8, Clifty Canyon
The longest single trail in the park at 4.5 miles long, it will bring you along the edge of Clifty Canyon. Watch your step as you admire the wonderful sights from this high elevation and then head to the Nature Center, which is well worth a visit.
4. Hiking Trail 10, Campground
Just behind the camp's swimming pool and close to the park's facilities, this 0.75-mile hike is the easiest in the park. It's ideal for getting used to the park and introducing your family to hiking.
Best Family Activities in Clifty Falls State Park
When it's time to rest those legs, check out these other activities on offer near Clifty Falls State Park cabins.
1. Picnic and play areas
Grill your own food and relax with lunch at the park's public picnic tables. There's also a playground and a field ideal for ball games or a game of tag.
The swimming pool, which includes slides and a wading pool, is great for younger visitors. It's superb for cooling off on hot summer days when you'd like a break from walking.
If you're seeking something more fast paced on your vacation in Clifty Falls State Park, head to the tennis courts. They're located just across from Clifty Inn.
4. Rotating nature activities
The park offers a huge program of events and activities to get involved in throughout the year. Guided bird tours, camping tutorials, and tunnel tours are just some of the options on offer to visitors.