Hemlock Cliffs is one of those surprising places you should visit if the time is right. If you visit when it’s been very dry, the area is still beautiful, but there won’t be much going on in waterfall terms. If you show up right after a good rain, as I did, then you’ll be in for a treat.
I spent much more time here than I expected because it had just rained. There were so many nooks and crannies to explore. In total, I found four clear waterfalls: #1, #2, #3 here, and the Side-Falls (which I’m not sure why I didn’t call it #4?). The first two are distinct plunge falls. The third is different as it more of a cascade. They’re about 30′ tall, so they’re not huge, but when you’re not expecting waterfalls, they can be very impressive!
- From I-64, take exit 86, and head north along IN-237 (aka Main Street).
- After just a few miles, turn left onto Union Chapel Road and drive 2.6 miles.
- 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.)
- 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 Road is narrow and leads to a parking area.
- 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)
Hike: 1 mile (round trip)
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