Calli Nature Preserve-Rock Rest Falls – North Vernon, Indiana - Atlas Obscura

Calli Nature Preserve-Rock Rest Falls

North Vernon, Indiana

At the turn of the century, a chair like rock sat at the top of the falls and hosted the winner of a local beauty contest. 

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In the early part of the 20th-century, the local population would gather here to crown the winner of a local pageant, or so the story goes. The woman would sit on the throne-like rock that sat atop the falls. 

Today, the falls are part of Calli Nature Preserve and are publicly accessible. A gravel pull-off allows for access to the preserve, but the trek down to the falls is steep. There is a good view of the falls from the top of the hill.  

The Rock Rest Falls runs strong after a hard rain, but often runs dry after a drought. This is a nice side-stop if you are in the area.

Know Before You Go

If you are having trouble finding the falls, look for the Twin Cities Raceway. If you come from Highway 50, it's located before the racetrack. If you are coming from Vernon, you must pass the racetrack. There are no markings, but looking to the left, you will see the gravel pull off.

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