2020 Hike #52 on October 22nd at Hemlock Cliffs within Hoosier National Forest in English Indiana

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General Info

Hemlock Cliffs is located within the Hoosier National Forest near English, Indiana. The GPS coordinates are 38⁰16’38.777”N, 86⁰32’20.317”W.

Hemlock Cliffs is a box canyon of special beauty in southern Indiana. A cool climate, sandstone rock formations, and seasonal waterfalls are responsible for the unique trees and plants that grow here. The area features sandstone rock outcrops, overhangs, cliffs, rock shelters, and ravines. Much of the sandstone is “Honeycombed” by weathering of iron ores. Springs, small caves, and subterranean drainage conduits are in the underlying Glen Dean Limestone. Archaeological excavations indicate Native American occupation as early as 10,000 years ago. The head of the canyon is a large, semi circular rock shelter, which undoubtedly provided cover and defense to the early occupants of this area.

A one-mile hiking trail leads you down into the canyon under a lush canopy of large trees and past high seasonal waterfalls. Parts of the trail are steep and slippery when wet, so use caution. It could take two leisurely hours to complete the loop. A one-mile hiking trail leads you down into the canyon under a lush canopy of large trees, through rock shelters, and past high seasonal waterfalls. Parts of the trail are steep and slippery when wet, so use caution. It could take two leisurely hours to complete the loop. Click here for a map of the trail.

My visit

Tracy, Sadie, and I headed south for Hike #52 of 2020. We had a bit of a drive, but Hemlock Cliffs is worth the time! It is a short hike, but it is a beautiful area. Scroll down to see my pics and Tracy's videos!

2020 Hike #52 Photo Slideshow (Set to "Chime" by Orbital)

The Waterfall

The Waterfall

The Waterfall