Crowds flock to Jeffrey’s Cliff opening

By Steve Canipari

After over four years of planning and effort by many local volunteers, the Jeffreys Cliffs Conservation and Recreation Area opened to the public for the first time on Friday, June 12th.  The initial area hours are set for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset.  Although no one kept count of how many visitors there for this first week, if the cars in the parking area are any indication, is exceeded everyone’s expectations.  There was nothing less than a dozen or more cars in the parking lot on each day.  On Sunday afternoon the lot was full, and vehicles had to park in the adjacent field and outside the gate along Hwy 1406.  There were numerous comments from the visitors.  They ranged from. “I had no idea a place like this existed in Hancock County” to “I had fond memories of coming up here when I was younger and am so glad that it is available for me to show my kids and grandkids”.  A young man took his girl friend up on the cliffs and proposed to her this past weekend.  I was reminded of what this place means to people now and hopefully will be for others in the future.  A place for making great memories.

Jeffreys Cliffs drew visitors from across the area Friday through Sunday. Michele Baker from Tell City, Ind. provided this photo above of her visit to Morgan’s Cave, one of the largest rock shelters in the state.

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Gayla Hunt shot this picture of her family atop one of the many large rocks, posing for a photo

Travis Atwell shot this selfie with his children with the scenery of the cliffs in the background.

Daniel White took this photo of his family navigating the trails at Jeffreys Cliffs during the opening weekend.

Emalee Estes poses with her children in this photo, showing that even the youngest children could experience the cliffs.

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