I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled onto Anderson Falls a few years ago. I didn't know there was such a large waterfall this close to Indianapolis. It's a forty-four acre park featuring a cascading waterfall (amount of water can vary significantly by local rain patterns) and two hiking paths of 1.75 and 2.25 miles.
Located just east of Columbus, Anderson Falls is easy to get to, and typically there isn't anyone else around if you go on a weekday. I've been fortunate enough to be there at times where the water was roaring over the falls, and another time in a beautiful fall setting when the entire riverbed and falls were bone dry, but covered in colorful autumn leaves.
The falls are easy to see from above near the parking lot, or you can walk down the rock steps and get almost underneath the falls. An excellent spot for photography, or just to take in the sight, there is a shelf area just to the west of the falls that provide both cover from rain, shade from sun, or just a spot to take in the beauty.
Of course, as with most beautiful spots in nature, there is graffeti on the rocks left by others that needed to let the rest of us know they had been there, and usually some leftover alcohol bottles and trash as people will do, but it does add character to the area that didn't need any help, would be better without it, but again, human nature dictates it will be there.
I also felt a need to note that even though there are direction signs from the road to the falls area, the first time I visited the falls I thought I was trespassing on someone's property, or driving down a personal drive because it's such a small lane and secluded, until I hit the parking area and knew I was in the right place.
The key to enjoying Anderson Falls is to visit it at different times throughout the year, as I've had the pleasure of doing. As a photographer, I've taken a wide range of images from fall colors, to raging falls after a spring thunderstorm, and just the beautiful scenary in general that the falls area offers.
Another hidden Hoosier geographic gem that doesn't get a lot of attention, which could be a good thing, given the area is small, and a lot of people at the same time would ruin the peacefulness of the area.
Make sure to visit the next time you're in the area regardless of the time of year, as it's a beautiful scene, and a nice scenic drive getting there.
3699 N 1140 County Rd E, Hartsville, Indiana
rom Columbus, west, or if you're heading south on SR 9:
Go east on SR 46 about 8.5 miles to CR 925 E (on the right) and turn right. The road will turn sharply left, becoming CR 200 N. Follow this road about 2.2 miles to CR 1140 E (on the left just before the creek) and turn left. Go about 0.4 mile to the parking lot on the left.
From Greensburg, or the northeast:
Take SR 46 through Hartsville and cut back east on E Co Rd 300 N, south on County Rd 1000 E, then east on E250 N to the parking lot.
From the east, or southeast:
Go north on SR 3, then west on W Co Rd 700 S. This will jog to the south at S Co Rd 1100 and becomes E Co Rd 200 N as you continue west. Approximately a half mile west you will see the sign to turn north on N 1140 Co Rd E, which will lead you to the parking lot.