Hemlock Cliffs

Hemlock Cliffs is a box canyon located in Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Here a number of small creeks have carved out a scenic canyon in the sandstone. During wet weather a couple of seasonal waterfalls can be found here. Plants not normally found this far south live in the canyon's cool climate.

The pictures below are from late in the day in March before Spring had really arrived. Later in the year and earlier in the day the place is much more colorful.

There is a classic rock house here, shown in the last row of pictures. A seasonal 90 foot waterfall flows over the ledge here. It is just a trickle in the photos, but if you look carefully you can see it.

This is a small canyon, with a short 2 mile trail wending through it. At the head of the trail there is a shoe brush and a sign telling you to brush your shoes to avoid tracking in unwanted seeds.

To reach Hemlock Cliffs from I-64, head north for 2 miles on 37N. Take a left at the sign onto Union Chapel Road. This is a paved road. Follow it for about 2 miles until the next sign, which tells you to take a right onto a gravel road. Follow this another 2 miles to reach the trailhead. Along the way you pass another gorge that has seasonal waterfalls. It looks like you could go explore this gorge as well, or at least get some pictures from the rim.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 25-Mar-2008 16:04:09 MDT.