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Williamsport Falls: Possibly Indiana’s Tallest Waterfall

Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana Vantage Point
Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana Vantage Point

Indiana’s tallest free-flowing waterfall is in Williamsport, Indiana. Referred to as Williamsport Falls, if you didn’t know it was there in the downtown, I think it would be easy to miss–and you don’t want to miss Indiana’s tallest waterfall, do you? I didn’t think so. Please, say “hello” to one unique and unusual Indiana attraction.

Williamsport Falls in Williamsport, Indiana

Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana
Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana

There is a bit of a disagreement as to whether Williamsport Falls are the tallest waterfall in the state or not. Some mention Fremont Falls and others mention Schoolhouse Falls…it’s an ongoing debate and, depending where you are from, you may have a stronger feeling toward one over another. As for me, I could enjoy it just as it is.

But at 90 feet, they are tall. It’s kind of a neat (and certainly unique) feature to see in Indiana, particularly given its proximity to a downtown area.

Once upon a time, though, before grassland and marshland were destroyed by overreaching farmers, the Falls consistently, well, fell. So much so that a mill was supported nearby. It would have been a wonderful thing to see.

Williamsport, Indiana Waterfall

Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana
Williamsport Waterfall in Williamsport, Indiana Graffiti

Today, though, you will want to shoot for the days after a rain or melting snow if you want to see this Indiana waterfall in action. That will guarantee a better shot at seeing the Falls really flowing.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of times when the Warren County waterfall is completely dry, giving it the less than glamorous nickname “Dry Falls.” Either way, it’s a really pretty area and certainly worth a look. Lots of trees, plenty of rocks, and if you are lucky–the waterfall will be flowing. Although it is discouraged, some people do climb their way (carefully) down to the bottom. It’s steep and rocky, just so you know.

My pick? There’s a small parking area as well as an overlook for better (safer) viewing. It’s a little graffiti-filled so, you know, there’s plenty to read while you are admiring the landscape. It’s also covered so even on a day with less than stellar weather, you can still admire this neat Indiana feature.

Go There

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From Route 28, you’ll want to head South onto Monroe Street. Do you see the train tracks? Look to the left and you’ll notice a fire station–follow the road to get to the viewing area. I am so a landmark driver. Hopefully that helps you get to Williamsport Falls without any problems.

If you found this article helpful, please “like” it and share it with your friends. Have you been to Williamsport Falls? What do you think is the best time of year for a visit? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a PBS segment on the state-wide program "The Weekly Special," a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper, and a book. Look for "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" published by Indiana University Press in April 2016--just in time for Indiana's BIG 200th Birthday Celebration.

5 comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    It will be on July 18, 19, & 20 – 2014! :)

  2. I am looking for information on the Illiana Steam Gas Power show that had been held many years showing the use of antique Farm Machinery. Particularly Steam Power, Plowing Thrashing Wheat, Milling Logs, utilizing the power from the Power Take off Belt on the Steam Engine. To saw slabs of wood off the logs placed on the sawmill.
    This took place just on the corner of 700N. East of “Brisco” and west of Rainsville, In. On the property of Tom Swanson a friend of my deceased Uncle. I hope and pray that this event is still taking place.
    They also had a “G” Scale modle RR set up and many hundred feet of track, switches, and many individuals brought their “Live Steam Engines” to display over that weekend. a Sight not seen many times, these days.
    Please let me know that this is still being held. it was a VERY enjoyable, and Highly Educational for many!!

    Sincerely

    Jeff Keith

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  3. Jessica Nunemaker

    Ha ha! Yes, I guess that does make a difference. :)

  4. I grew up in Warren County & always loved going to the falls when they were really…well, falling! :)

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