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Falls of the Ohio State Park

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Address: 201 West Riverside Dr., Exit 0, Interstate 65, Clarksville, IN 47129
Phone Number: 812-280-9970
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Activities: Walking
Description: Dating back 386 million years, the Falls of Ohio are among the world's...
Dating back 386 million years, the Falls of Ohio are among the world's largest naturally exposed fossil beds.
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Neat walk, not really a falls

There isn't some large waterfall here, but there is a neat view of the sunset depending on the time of year. It is more interesting to look for fossils here, enjoy the river, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

There isn't some large waterfall here, but there is a neat view of the sunset depending on the time of year. It is more interesting to look for fossils here, enjoy the river, and watch the trains.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Let me start this off by saying I was really excited about seeing the "falls" of ohio state park. First off, the "falls" are not real water falls. It's just the overflow from the dam. I was so disappointed. Second, you couldn't even see the fossil bed. There were some great views of Louisville & some really cute geese, which... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Drove thru the park and stopped at the various parking lots and explored the photo opportunities of the river. There are numerous ones and they are very nice. Also walked around the Lewis & Clark Exhibits. The park is very nice. The visitor center was closed for renovations. I didn't check out the fossil beds. Worth checking out if you're... More 

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Michigan Center, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

THe exhibits are geared more towards school age children. The areas are clean and nicely laid out. The staff is really nice and helpful. The grounds are pretty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Seeing the falls--rapids, really--was definitely worthwhile. Although the visitors center was closed, it was a peaceful walk above and along the river. So cool to see the fossils, and to leave them behind for the next person to find. Next time, I'd like to rent a bike and spend more time exploring.

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Clarksville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This park and its interpretive center is a great history lesson . It has wonderful artifacts about Lewis and Clark and their journey west s Clarksville was one of their stops.

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Mount Holly, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Bike rental was fun. Biked down to the walking bridge and enjoyed ice-cream at the bike rental area.

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a very worthwhile visit to see a very clean and historical landmark. There is also a neat video production to watch and when the water is low you can walk in the fossil beds.

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Huntington, IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

While there aren't any trails going down into the river bed finding the fossils was a neat experience. We didn't get to go into the visitor center as it was being renovated. We were able to find some different fossils. It is not the easiest getting to the fossil bed though.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Great views, especially at night. The kids love checking out the fossil beds.The whole stretch along the river is great for a walk.

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