Throughout the state, there are many beautiful waterfalls in Indiana to see and experience. If you’re looking to check out one of these natural wonders close to home, just take your pick: There are 22 different waterfalls throughout the state of Indiana!
While spring, summer and fall are typically the best seasons for seeing waterfalls, wintertime is also a great time to see waterfalls anew when they are frozen over. Frozen waterfalls are an amazing sight to behold!
The 5 Best Waterfalls in Indiana:
Check out a few of the most popular waterfalls to visit within our state!
Clifty Falls State Park
Madison, Indiana | Website
Clifty Falls State Park, located in the southeast part of Indiana, is home to several must-see waterfalls, including Clifty Falls, Little Clifty Falls, Hoffman Falls and Tunnel Falls. The largest of the four is 60 feet of roaring water dropping down a stair-step rock formation.
Follow a 3.4-mile round trip trail to see the majority of the different falls. And if you’re interested in additional adventure, be sure to pick up trail five along the way. Along trail five, hikers can find wooden steps that lead into a small cave called Brough’s Folly. Although the cave is unfinished, it leads out to Tunnel Falls, where you can walk below the falls for an extra special view.
Lieber State Recreation Area
Spencer, Indiana | Website
Located between Indianapolis and Terre Haute on the west side of the state, Cataract Falls is within Lieber State Recreation Area, and is the largest waterfall in Indiana by volume. The falls have two sets, the Upper Falls and Lower Falls, about one mile apart. The powerful falls drop 45 feet and 30 feet respectively, and result from bedrock ridges on Mill Creek. The campsite area allows visitors to make a night of it and includes horseshoe pits, basketball courts, playgrounds and a nearby Aquatic Center open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Logansport, Indiana | Website
The France Park Falls near Logansport are a magnificent sight cascading down a large rock formation. In fact, the entire park was built around an old rock quarry, so we don’t know if the waterfall was already present or a result of mining in the past. Either way, hikers can enjoy five to seven miles of trails in the area. Visitors have the option of camping, fishing and other water-related activities, though swimming at the falls is not permitted.
Salamonie River State Forest
Andrews, Indiana | Website
The Salamonie River Falls is a unique space within Hominy Ridge Lake on 3 Falls Trail. The Falls itself doesn’t pour over a high-cliffed edge, but rather, resembles rapids throughout the forest, creating additional cascades throughout. The State Forest is more than 850 acres and includes horseback riding, camping, a playground area and plenty of wildlife. Visitors are asked to wear bright clothing or vests during hunting season on the trails.
Richmond, Indiana | Website
Thistlethwaite Falls, located in the eastern Indiana town of Richmond, has an interesting story to its name. In the early 1800s, Timothy Thistlethwaite created a new channel in the West Fork of the Whitewater River to provide waterpower to his nearby sawmill.
What resulted was beautiful falls, recently voted as one of the top waterfalls in Indiana by Visit Indiana. In addition, the falls is also a great place to search for fossils!