Hemlock Cliff Side-Falls, Indiana

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One of the smaller ephemeral waterfalls in the Hemlock Cliffs (March 2014)

I visited Hemlock Cliffs a bit over two years ago on a very rainy day. As I mentioned in posts about Hemlock Cliffs Falls #1 and Hemlock Cliffs Falls #2, this area doesn’t always have amazing waterfalls… But after it rains, they’re amazing. Out of the four waterfalls I “visited” in Hemlock Cliffs, I would say 3 of those were very impressive. This fourth one probably wouldn’t be classified as a waterfall by some, but I decided there was enough water flowing over it to enter it into the waterfall record.

It’s a beautiful hike whether it’s raining or not, as the cliffs are stunning. But I would definitely hope for rain, as if it does, you’re in for a treat.

Directions:

  1. From I-64, take exit 86, and head north along IN-237 (aka Main Street).
  2. After just a few miles, turn left onto Union Chapel Road and drive 2.6 miles.
  3. Continue along County Road 8, which was Union Chapel, but changes to Hatfield Road. (There’s a veer to the right as the road changes names.)
  4. Continue along Hatfield Road until you reach the National Forest Service Road to the Hemlock Cliffs. The signage along the way is great, so just keep looking for “Hemlock Cliffs”. The NFS is narrow and leads to a parking area.
  5. From the parking area, you can head in two directions, as the trail forms a loop. You’ll see both falls along the way.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easier when dry, but not as exciting)
Height: ~25′
Hike: 1 mile (round trip)

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