CATARACT FALLS


A few weeks ago, I took advantage of the Department of Natural Resources' "free admission day" and drove southwest, to two different state parks. Though I ended my afternoon at McCormick's Creek State Park, I spent most of my day at Cataract Falls, the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana.

There are two sets of falls; the upper falls has a sheer plunge of 20 feet, while the lower falls has a fall of approximately 18 feet. As the lower falls are about half a mile downstream, I spent a great deal of time hurdling over rocks and cliffs. I dipped my toes in the water and traced its cold silkiness with my fingertips. It was a beautiful day, that Sunday. The sun was high, sure, but I was cooled by the breeze that carried the mist of tumbling water.

I watched fellow explorers traverse the banks of Mill Creek, finding paths that lead down to the falls, behind the falls. I watched children wade knee-deep, tossing stones and shrieking with delight when they managed to skip one. It was hard to believe that this natural playground had flooded before, flooded in 1875 and taken with it a primitive bridge. A year later, in 1876, a new bridge (the one pictured) was constructed, and was open to traffic until 1988, when it became pedestrian-only. Today, the bridge is the last remaining covered bridge in Owen County.

















7 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous photos! I love them all :)

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    1. Thank you! The area was simply stunning, and I'd love to go back.

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  2. love bridges!... btw reminds me of 'Bridges of Madison County'.....

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    1. I completely agree with you! And even though I'm from Iowa, I've actually never been around Madison County to see all the bridges!

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  3. Love the photo of the water trickling off the rocks and the covered bridge! I saw a covered bridge when I went to America a couple of years ago and these pictures take me right back xxx
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    1. Covered bridges are definitely associated with historic, quaint America. I'm glad that the photos could remind you of what was probably an amazing trip!

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  4. Wow what a beautiful park! Were these all taken by you iphone? Cause that is amazing, I;ve never really gotten the hang of phone photography hahahaa

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