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Falls of the Ohio State Park

Falls of the Ohio State Park


Interpretive Center Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm Sunday: 1 to 5 pm Park Hours: Daily, 7 am to 11 pm
$9: 12 & Older; $7: 11 & younger; Under 5 free; Parking is $2
Dogs on leash are welcomed in Falls of the Ohio State Park
lat: 38.2727343 long: -85.7599755

Falls of the Ohio State Park is located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana (one mile west of I-65). The 390-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. In the late summer and fall, visitors can “dry snorkel” on the coral beds. The diverse upper fossil beds are visible except when the river is higher than normal.

The state park features an architecturally intriguing Interpretive Center that reflects the layers of history at the Falls of the Ohio. Exhibits inside flow through Earth’s history, focusing on how this river crossroads shaped the America we know today. With a commanding view of the fossil beds and Ohio River, the Center features 3,000 square feet of immersive exhibits, an auditorium, rotunda, classroom, wildlife and river viewing rooms, gift shop, restrooms, and water fountains.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy nature exploration, the Falls of the Ohio State Park is for you!

  • “Dry snorkel” (hike) across one of the world’s most accessible Devonian-age fossil beds
  • Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to observe many bird species that are attracted to this unique ecosystem
  • Trek along the Ohio River Greenway atop the levee and walk or bike to the George Rogers Clark home site 1.5 miles away
  • Visit the historic George Rogers Clark home site (by car, bike or on foot), part of Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Walk your dog (6-foot leash required) around the park

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