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Hike Clifty Falls State Park - "National Take A Hike Day"
Description Let’s spend a day at Clifty Falls State Park (http://www.stateparks.com/clifty_falls_state_park_in_indiana.html), located near Madison, Indiana. The name Clifty Falls paints a beautiful picture in your mind. You'll see breathtaking waterfalls, sheer cliffs and a deep boulder canyon as you hike along the trails through this scenic area. We will hike 6 to 8 miles and the trails to be determined based on conditions. This will be my first time here in a long time, so we may have some routing "fun". Pace This will be a moderate paced adventure. Bring your camera! Difficulty Moderate/strenuous as the trail are described as rugged to very rugged with some hills to climb. Bring/Wear Hiking shoes If snowing or icy, consider a traction aid (http://www.amazon.com/ICETrekkers-Shoe-Diamond-Grip-Medium/dp/B002C4HM2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358692188&sr=8-1&keywords=ice+diamonds+trekker) (example) Water, lunch and snacks Money for car pool, park entry fees, dinner, etc… Change of shoes and clothes Trash bag for muddy items for the trip home For additional ideas, check the day hikers checklist (http://www.daytonhikers.org/pages/Day_Hiking_Checklist/) on this site Pets Please leave your pets home on this outing due to nature of this adventure.. After Hike Grub Clifty Inn or at a restaurant in Madison, Indiana following the hike. Fees Per-car entrance fees are $7 Car pool fees TBD Links - State Park Web Site - Weather - Brochure - Hike Participant and Hike Leader Guidelines Sunrise/Sunset Sunrise: 7:42am | Sunset: 6:06pm Source: http://www.sunrisesunset.com/ Meeting Locations Option 1 | Car Pool from Dayton Meet in the parking lot on the west side of the Toys-R-Us parking lot (http://goo.gl/maps/8NftV)at 7:30 AM Caravan leaves promptly at 8:00 AM 2859 Miamisburg Centerville Rd Dayton, OH 45459 Option 2 | Meet at Clifty Falls Meet inside the Clifty Inn lobb (http://binged.it/VSQZYQ)y at 10:00 AM 1501 Green Rd Madison, IN 47250 (812)[masked] LIABILITY You must read and agree to the waiver listed on this site. You attendance to this and any event listed on this site is your aknowledgemewnt of acceptance of this waiver: https://www.meetup.com/movingwater/pages/14230452/ACCIDENT_WAIVER_AND_RELEASE_OF_LIABILITY/ More about Clifty Falls State Park Clifty Falls was created during the Ice Age when the southward flowing waters of Clifty Creek met the newly formed Ohio River in a spectacular plunge, a waterfall that may have been two hundred feet high. The falls has since cut its way into bedrock to a point more than two miles north of its original position. Today, at a height of sixty feet, it continues the retreat upstream at a rate of one-quarter inch per year. Because of its small watershed, the park’s four major falls are at their best from December through June. July through November offer meager falls and the easiest hiking in Clifty Creek’s spectacular stone bed. In 1852 the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad began work on a route through the wilds of Clifty Canyon. Abandoned in bankruptcy, the project left extensive grade and stone work, scenic passage for present day foot trails. The most prominent remnant is a muddy, rock strewn, six-hundred foot tunnel, piercing the hillside beneath Oak Grove. It is passable on foot with flashlight. The nature enthusiast will find a wealth of opportunity here. The park’s 425 million year old shale and limestone rocks contain numerous marine fossils and are among the oldest bedrock exposures in Indiana. Beneath rugged cliffs spring wildflowers bloom in a quiet woodland air. Songbirds, hawks, and vultures stir in all seasons while deer and wild turkey inhabit the uplands with the occasional fox and weasel. Brought to you by

Clifty Inn

1650 Clifty Hollow Rd · Madison, IN

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