What can recreation lovers find to do in Madison? How about biking, hiking. fishing. horseback riding, boating, golf or bird watching? Clifty Falls State Park features 70 foot gorges, seven plunging waterfalls, a nature center, picnic areas, swimming pools, RV and primitive campsites. Ten hiking trails from very rugged to easy will provide all the challenge the outdoor enthusiast is seeking. Or hike the Heritage Trail from downtown to the hilltop – the views are spectacular!
Rolling hills and spectacular scenery, characterize biking in Madison and along the Ohio River Scenic Byway. You’ll find flat farmland, challenging hills, river views, and creek crossings – a ride for every skill level.
There’s great fishing in Madison! Bring your boat, fish from the banks of the Ohio River or cast a line at one of our fishing holes. Boaters will find a marina and public launching ramp. Don’t have a boat? Take a ride on Rockin’ Thunder, the only New Zealand style jet boat in the mid-west.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is a Globally Important Bird Area because of its value to migratory birds. Located just 5 miles north of Madison, portions of the refuge are open for wildlife observation, photography, fishing, hunting, interpretation and environmental education.
Hit the trail at Shilo Farms, in Canaan, just outside Madison for great trail riding horses for every level of riding.
Check out all the options!
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
Big Oaks NWR has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area because of its value to migratory birds. Located five miles north of Madison on Highway 421. Portions of the refuge are open for wildlife observation, photography, hiking, fishing, hunting, interpretation, and environmental education.
Mid-Apr-Nov: Mon & Fri, 2nd & 4th
Mandatory briefing and Access fee permit required ($3 daily, $15 annual); fee waived for holders of Migratory Bird Stamps, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Senior Pass.Directions:
City of Madison Boat Docks & Ramp
Ramp open year round, no overnight docking.Directions:
Clifty Falls State Park
Open all year; admission charged Mar-Oct.Directions:
Crystal Beach Pool
12pm-8pm, Sat of Memorial Day weekend through mid-AugustDirections:
Fizz’z Bike Shop
Bicycle sales, service and rental. Serving Madison since 1989.
Heritage Trail of Madison
1-1/4 mile paved and natural surface pathway for jogging, walking, biking, hiking. All non-motorized modes of transportation permitted. Connecting downtown with the hilltop and overlooking the Ohio River. Begins at the corner of Vaughn Dr. and Vernon St.
Open Dawn to DuskDirections:
Madison Area Bicycle Clubwww: www.madisonbicycleclub.org
Limited winter hours
The riverfront has always been a favorite spot for a relaxing stroll, viewing cruising boats along the river, or attending one of several outdoor festivals held throughout the year. Public boat launching facilities. Several parks along the river offer playground equipment, volleyball and basketball courts, shelter houses, picnic areas with tables, benches, gazebo, viewing areas. Check out the views from the telescope near the gazebo.Address: Vaughn Drive
Rockin Thunder Jet Boat Rides, LLC
Late May-October; Noon to dusk; closed TuesdaysDirections:
Shilo Farms Horseback Riding
Open daily, daylight till dusk -call ahead!
Retail & restaurant hours subject to change, please call ahead.