the only legal way to Shanty Falls is via the Wabash River 4 miles east of Wabash . Shanty Creek is located on the south side of the river and the Limestone cliffs can be seen on the east side of Shanty Creek . About 1/2 Mile inland is Shanty Falls . For about a hundred yards above the falls Shanty Creek has a solid Limestone floor that then reverts to a normal creek bottom . This is the way to avoid private property .
This is the great rock formation found at Shanty Falls just south of Wabash. It overlooks Shanty Falls itself and is found just to its right as you face the falls. You can actually sit down within this formation and enjoy a lunch.
About a quater of a mile further away, in the direction of the Wabash River, is nearly a mile of rock formations, many with caves within them. This was always a fun place to explore when I was a kid. One could have a very complete day at this locality.
How many of you have been to Shanty Falls? At the top of the falls, the creekbed is nearly solid rock for about a half mile coming down toward the falls. Leave us a comment as to your experiences at Shanty Falls.
I once heard about some Civil War ghost that was said to haunt Shanty Falls but never put much store in that legend. But what about the Creature of Shanty Falls? Just to the east of Shanty Falls is nearly a mile solid of granite walls with many caves within them that could serve as dens for this creature.
I first heard of it when on a trip there with the Marion YMCA boys. A local resident was back their fishing and told our boys about this beast. He noted that it only came out at night to feast on what it could catch. And, with all my trips to Shanty Falls never had one been at night. Yet in searching that granite wall area our kids did observe several caves both on the ground level and even higher up in the cliffs.
We never ventured into the caves for safety reasons. The majority of them would have had to be crawled into however the higher caves looked like one could walk upright into those. Some of the caves had a pungent odor to them, even worse than that of a skunk. Could it have been the odor of that creature?
The fisherman described the Creature as being similar to an upright wolf walking on two paws. He said that twice he had heard it baying at night when fishing above the falls but never even thought of checking it out. He said the cry was blood curdling. Fact or legend? I suppose the only way to really check it out would be to night camp at or near the falls to find out.
The boys of the Marion Boys Club had long awaited their trip to Shanty Falls just outside Wabash. Unfortunately the time that the day had arrived it had followed a period of rain for nearly three days. Thus the field we needed to cross to get to Shanty Creek was quite muddy. I suggested to the boys that NO new tennis shoes be worn. In fact, if they had them, hiking boots were to be the order of the day.
The field must have had good drainage as it was not nearly as muddy as I had thought it to be. Still there were areas of quite thick mud but we finally managed to cross that field with not much damage to anyone’s footwear. As we entered the forest above Shanty Falls we heard a torrent of water and I was surprised to find Shanty Creek now a river. It was over its banks a good twenty yards so we had no choice but to follow the creek on shore.
The great thing about Shanty Creek was its rock bottom for nearly a mile before one would arrive at the actual falls. Yet as we walked what is usually about six inches deep was now several feet that much. In fact, as the group approached the area of the falls we had to take a slight detour around the large formation of rock that hangs over the falls.
We had our lunch in the large indention in the cliffs overlooking the falls. The falls were gushing forth water as I had never seen before with a large whirlpool at the bottom. The depth of the creek made it impossible to journey across to get to the mile long ridge of granite walls with caves that lay on the other side of that creek. So the boys had to be content to just explore the large indention that we had lunch at. It was a huge disappointment to the boys yet they knew they would return again so they made the best of the day.
One thing they were not denied and that was how glorious Shanty Falls looked when full of three days of water from all that rain. The boys took many pictures that day of the falls from various angles and some even wanted to get photographs of the whirlpool. Thus they had a great day in the events which they could control. The granite cliffs would have to wait for another day.
Just to the South of the actual area of Shanty Falls was a mile long stretch of granite walls that extended almost to the Wabash River. They were chock full of small caves and some were on the ground level while others midway up the cliffs. The kids of the Marion YMCA had several trips to this location and all were even more amazed at these cliffs than they were of Shanty Falls.
Derek loved to play amongst the boulders that were littered throughout this stretch of granite cliffs. Mark Aldefer was more interested in the small caves themselves. One in particular must have been the home to a family of skunks because they always had that familiar faint odor to them. These, of course, were not explored at all.
For young boys, both Shanty Falls and these granite cliffs were enough of an attention getter to keep them busy for a full afternoon. Most times we would bring a sack lunch to eat at the falls and then split the day between the cliffs and the area immediately around the falls. It was a great location especially when the water at Shanty Creek was flowing full.
If you’ve ever been to Shanty Falls, located near Wabash, Indiana, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of them.
Most of us that lived in Wabash remember Charlie and Treaty Creek, but what about Shanty Creek just outside Wabash on the southwest part of town? It was located behind an old cemetary and across a farm field. At that point the creek was found and it had a rock bottom from that point all the way to Shanty Falls. The falls itself were flanked by two large limestone walls and enroute to the Wabash River were large cliffs of rock with many small caves within them.
I used to love exploring this area and sometimes I took Richard Oliver with me who embraced the more sceintific aspects of the area over that of just plain fun. Has anyone else on the Network been to Shanty Falls? On another website, someone boasts of a ghostly presence here but I never saw any of that. Of course, I was never there at night either.