MADISON, Ind. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources has added 10 acres to Clifty Falls State Park in southeastern Indiana.

The DNR says the additional land provides a buffer for the park’s Clifty Canyon Nature Preserve and enhances the canyon view. It also enables park staff to access the midpoint of a rugged 4.5-mile trail for maintenance and emergency purposes.

The land was purchased with funding help from the Bicentennial Nature Trust, the Indiana Heritage Trust Fund and Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

DNR director Cameron Clark says the land will help ensure the people will continue to safely enjoy the park’s western rim. He says every year thousands of people visit Clifty Falls State Park.