Hemlock Cliffs Special Place and Trail

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Hemlock Cliffs creek

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, 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.

For a flier and map of the area click here.

At a Glance

Fees none
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited, except on designated roadways. Foot traffic is restricted from some areas for resource protection. Camping and campfires are prohibited in rock shelters Rappelling is prohibited in designated area for resource protection (see map on trail flier or website)
Closest Towns: English, IN
Water: none
Restroom: none
Operated By: USFS, Tell City Ranger District, 248 15th Street, Tell City, IN 47586; Phone: 812-547-7051

General Information

Directions: From SR 237, take Union Chapel Road west 2.6 miles to the intersection with Eckert-Hatfield Roads. Continue on Hatfield Road 2.1 miles to parking area. GPS Coordinates: Lat- 38o 16' 38.777"N Long- 86o 32' 20.317"W

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