No sewer or water hookup as you would expect at most Indiana State Parks. The sites are extremely spacious and plenty of sites with shade. The shower houses are mediocre but no problems with hot water and water pressure. There are lots of wonderful trails. Historic downtown Madison is beautiful river town with beautiful architecture throughout. Access to the Ohio River as well if you’re interested in boating. By far the best Indiana State campground we have had the pleasure to enjoy.. Also checkout on Sundays are 5pm which makes for a great last day. Sleep in and enjoy not having to rush out!
Fairly spacious tent camping sites and well manicured. Most of the sites border wooded areas, so they are in the open. Great access to the hiking trails, and the nice lodge for those who may want to check-in to a room or enjoy the indoor pool.
Well it’s true. This is an amazing Indiana State Park featuring a 425 million-year-old limestone canyon carved out during the ice age. Clifty Creek plunges some 70 feet in just three miles to produce several waterfalls along the way. This 1300 acre park offers panoramic views of the nearby historical town of Madison and the Ohio River Valley. Madison is definitely a town worth some exploring; restaurants, riverfront, shops and much historically to keep you occupied. The park amenities include; Clifty Inn opening in 1924 with accommodations plus dining and indoor pool, campground with 106 electric and 59 primitive sites with potable water and dump station, seasonal nature center with Interpretive Naturalist, seasonal outdoor aquatic center, hiking trials and more. The campground is mainly in the open, so shade is at a premium. The pads are gravel and some sites will accommodate larger rigs, electric is 30 amp with restroom and bathhouse facilities. Access to the park is via two entrances; State Road 56 or State Road 62 and roads are somewhat narrow as with most state parks. This is a busy park so plan ahead especially on weekends and holidays. There are plenty of resources nearby for groceries, restaurants, necessities and the all-important Walmart. Reservations are available on Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/clifty-falls-state-park/IN/570045/overview $23-$30 nightly 38°45'39"N, 85°25'8"W
Typical state park campground. Some RV sites will require multiple blocks/pieces of wood in order to level. Sites offer only electric. Water fills are located ON THE SIDE OF THE BATH HOUSE. You might have to wait awhile. Only one vehicle on campsite, other vehicles go to overflow.
Beautiful hiking trails! Kids can ride bikes easily around campground.
All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. However, many of the picnic tables are very short which is fine as long as you have a small group or family. The fire rings are very nice and have a good grill grate. Bathrooms/showers were typical: moderately clean with luke cold water. Tent sites were decent (we were pleased with site 117). Some offer a little more privacy than others with brush growth and trees. RV sites offered less privacy but I was pleased with the separation between the tent and RV sections of the campground. The wood they sold was great and they also have ice for sale. The trails were crazy packed the second weekend in June so we didn't do much hiking (however, we've hiked the entire park trail system in the past and really enjoy it). The park is relatively flat so biking is a fun activity. They charge you to enter the park an additional 7-9$ even if you already reserved camping. A huge bonus is Madison, Indiana nearby (4.5 miles away) which has a couple of wineries (and restaurants) and you can also walk along the Ohio River. Overall, I would tent camp here again.
We stayed here 1 night driving through, but really enjoyed our time. We were in site 50 in the trees. It appeared most of the other sites were out in the open and close together. Our site didn't have a water hook-up. But we filled our fresh water tank at the shower house. We hiked to the falls and tunnel. Next time we'll bring a flashlight and go all the way through the tunnel.
Close to Madison, IN. We ate dinner at Shipley's Tavern and had really great burgers. This was a fun stop we want to come back to.
To take a break and unwind from your everyday work life / family drama, walking the trails of Clifty Falls is really a way to clear your head. We saw two groups of people walking the trails. They are absolutely the most friendliest people. If you want to engage in a conversation, you can, or I’m sure people will notice if you wanna just do your thing in nature.
I would recommend going, absolutely! It’s an experience you can’t take back.
Oh and I would tell you about the actually Trail to the Falls, but you’ll just have to see it for yourself. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen at the end of the movie, haha!!
The trails is this park are long, but lead you through some of the most amazing sites to see. The shorter trails are pretty simple and loop you around to where you began. I would suggest that if you have kids, that they enjoy hiking. The camping was pretty nice. The shaded areas are worth it considering that many of the sites are in the open and get more than plenty of direct sun. The showers and bathrooms in the powered section are ok, nothing pretty to look at. The showers i. The non-powered campsites are amazing! They are well ventilated and have plenty of sinks and shower stalls. It’s a short trip to the front checking office for wood and ice, and a great place for your little bike riders while you sit back and relax. Most everything is a short drive to and from. The pool in the park is pretty nice with a slide and diving boards, but does cost to enter. The power sites are pretty big and are spread out pretty well. Overall it is a place we plan to revisit in the future.
Spaced out, great distance. Bathrooms are really clean! Some critters roam around, so lock up your food. Great hiking spots around, bring plenty of fire wood!!
Out of all places I've camped in Indiana, this is, by far, the worst. Please note that this is for the non-electric sites. Reasons for the low rating:
- the firewood that they sell to you is complete crap. It's so wet and damp that you can't burn it. We have had to take every single batch back we've purchased cause it's so bad. They don't do refunds.
- The playground is so close to most campsites in the non-electric section. I'd recommend getting as far away as possible as the screams of children echo like birds flying throughout the campground.
- Not the park's fault, but raccoons are horrible here. I'm talking, "walk up to your campfire as you're sitting next to it and steal food that's on the burner" bad. Lol.
We were lucky enough to find a campsite (#118) very far away from the playground which was surrounded by grasses that separated the campsites surrounding you which was very nice. Again, the raccoons were horrible though.