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Trail 4

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0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 148' 45 m
Descent: -129' -39 m
High: 792' 241 m
Low: 648' 198 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Fast and steep trail leading to Hoffman Falls or, alternatively, to connect with Trail 2.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Standard State Park restrictions.

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State park entrance fee paid at either gate entering.

Description

Starting at the Lilly Memorial, descend into the canyon via the steep stairs, continue along to the intersection with Trail 5, go left to stay on 4, then, at the next intersection, turn left again to head to Hoffman Falls, or turn right to make your way down to Trail 2 and Clifty Creek. To exit, either continue along past Hoffman Falls to the spur, or Trail 3, or if you turn right, continue to trail.

This is a very steep trail, and probably the most rugged in the whole park. The staircase at Lilly Memorial is very long and very steep. The section of trail that runs parallel to Hoffman Branch has very steep and rocky terrain. This section is fairly dangerous due to its steep nature and proximity to a cliff descending into Hoffman Canyon, and should be followed with caution. However, some stairs have recently been built to help with a particularly dangerous spot on the trail.

A seasonal waterfall can be found, as well as some old ruins from the Madison and Indianapolis railroad which was originally intended to be constructed along this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Creek critters (crawfish, frogs and salamanders) ferns, wildflowers, squirrels, woodpeckers.

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Secluded, private waterfall and pool. Follow the bottom of Hoffman Branch upstream (not an official trail) and you'll be greatly rewarded with numerous waterfalls and interesting boulders.
Jul 6, 2019 near North M…, IN
Clifty Falls State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near North M…, IN
Clifty Falls State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near North M…, IN

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