Midwest Living Review
Some of the area's best views are from the bluffs in this park. Cyclists tool along the park roads, and hikers take wooded trails to the seven waterfalls that give Clifty Falls its name. The drive from the south end of the park (where the Clifty Inn is) to the more quiet north end is idyllic. Other than a campground/tennis court area, the park is a massive grove of trees. Getting to many of the well-marked trails requires a steep descent down a couple of flights of stairs. Springtime affords the chance to take guided wildflower walks, and the park packs its weekends with family-friendly programming. Still, it's a great place to explore on your own, though it can be tough to get a glimpse of the waterfalls that give Clifty Falls its name. Once the trees start leafing out, you have to look really carefully, because the water falls in thin sheets over the sandstone rocks, not big gushes of water. The hiking trails on the north end of the park felt most removed from the busy town of Madison. As you work your way south back toward the inn, the hum and view of the power plant comes into play and makes the experience less enjoyable. Even a scenic overlook, which had an old, half-circle-shape, high-backed stone bench, faces the power plant. Stick to trails 6, 7 and 8, to see the best of what this park has to offer.