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Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Dr., Exit 0, Interstate 65, Clarksville, IN 47129
812-280-9970
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Geologic Formations, Parks
Activities: Walking
Description: Dating back 386 million years, the Falls of Ohio are among the world's largest naturally exposed fossil beds.
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San Diego, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You'll be surprised by many things at this lovely state park. The first thing you may notice is there are no falls. There used to be falls that were a real hazard to navigation. So they built a lock and dam system enabling ships to continue up and down the Ohio River. Lewis and Clark started their journey here. There... More

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Chesterfield, MO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The museum is OK, if you know anything about fossils, just skip it, but if you don’t know much it is a good basic education. I wanted to see more details than what they showed. They had some displays on the building of the locks and dam, but I wanted a lot more details (I am an engineer). The museum... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Who knew? The Falls of the Ohio was a great place to visit and learn about the Devonian Sea. Amazing to walk down to the Ohio River and walk on top of Fossils! Looks like a local favorite with school classes. Very interesting and worthwhile to check it out!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Nestled in the Ohio River between Louisville Ky and Clarksville, IN, ,the Falls area has the largest exposed Devonian fossil reefs in the world, migratory shore bird habitats, excellent fishing with sauger runs, marshes, sandy beaches, woodlands, historic landmark 1870 railroad bridge, Portland Canal and Locks, and McAlpine Dam. The unique environmental-designed interpretive center is building all new interactive exhibits... More

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Pinellas Park, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

What an incredible experience - to walk on a fossil bed containing fossils hundreds of millions of years old. We stopped here and walked to the riverbed (we didn't go into the interpretive center - thus we didn't have to pay for that fee, only the parking fee). Be prepared to climb, as the walkway ends at the rocks and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband and I popped over from Louisville. He's a big fisherman/loves the water and I love rocks, history, and fossils. We paid our $2 to park and walked down the trail to the fossil beds. Lee saw tons of fossils and the views of Louisville and the Ohio river were amazing! We didn't go in the museum. Do yourself... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were able to walk to the Falls of Ohio State Park from the nearby KOA an were glad we did. The Park Ranger was very informative and polite providing us with a lot of historical facts. Walking down to the rivers edge was easy, but kind of eerie seeing all the logs, wood, and other debris that has been... More

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East Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were passing through town and decided to check it out. So glad we did. The museum is small but nice. The best part is if the water is low you can walk out and explore.

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Bloomington, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I wouldn't call this area beautiful, but it's very interesting! Walking along the flats you are literally walking on top of hundreds of 350 million year old fossils. I could bend down and examine a one foot square area and see many, many different fossils right there. You need to be able to go up and down a pretty high... More

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Sellersburg, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

They have a museum being renovated for 5 dollars there are tons of bones and lots of wild birds the Clark cabin is not far and bathrooms are only in the museum there is a small gift shop in the museum as well there are also two mounds where you can dig for some fossils there is a ice cream... More

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