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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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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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Interpretive Center is hugely worth it

This is a under promoted gem. The river park is really special in the summer when the water is low when you can walk out on the rocks and look for fossils. The center is brand... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a under promoted gem. The river park is really special in the summer when the water is low when you can walk out on the rocks and look for fossils. The center is brand new and just so well done. Great for kids and families and just single visitors like. It tells the geologic story and the history... More 

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic park! Beautiful place to take pictures and explore. You can get pretty far out on the fossil beds when the water is low. Some people bring poles and fish from the beds in the Ohio. I would assume just for fun though! I would suggest going in the evening and watching the sunset. Absolute best view of the Louisville... More 

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Thank CatherineJean1915
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As far as museums go this isn't bad for clarksville. The fossil beds are not in the best of shape but the interpretation center is nice. Lots of informative booths and videos are inside the building and some walking paths down to the beds. I haven't been on the guided tour so can't vouch for it.

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Zionsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

My partner and I visited in early December 2015. This was my first visit to Falls of the Ohio but it won't be my last. The water levels were surprisingly high but even so, we saw enough fossil evidence to convince us we need to return again during the dryer summer months when you can actually walk out onto the... More 

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Thank IndyAngie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

If you like fossils, this is a great place to visit. Unfortunately the interpretive center is still closed (10/21/15).

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1 Thank EL V
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We loved it here. I didn't really expect much but once we got there, we were so amazed by what we could see. The visitor center was not open yet but we were able to look online and they have a lot of information to help you understand what you're seeing. It was a highlight of our trip.

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2 Thank Marcella T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

If you find yourself in the Southern Indiana/Louisville area, you MUST visit this park! The Falls of the Ohio is a rare site, being an ancient fossil bed on the BEAUTIFUL Southern Indiana banks of the Ohio River. Visitors may walk, climb on & view this site from the river's edge, or from high above on the hilltop near the... More 

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Gainesville, ga
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

only drove by because it was raining. The river was low so there wasn't much of a falls. The area close to park is under construction for new bridge so it 's little hard to get to.

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East Granby, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

If it weren't for temps in the mid 90s and high humidity, we would have hiked the river bed. Great views. Learned a lot about Lewis and Clark.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 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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