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Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 West Riverside Dr., Exit 0, Interstate 65, Clarksville, IN 47129
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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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Columbus, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We had such a great time visiting the State Park! This is a hidden gem. If you are looking for an interesting thing to do with your family or by yourself this is it. My husband and I visited the State Park during a weekend trip to Louisville. We took lots of pictures and saw so many fossils it was... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I just loved this place. I went there when I was driving back from Indiana to Missouri. I knew it would be beautiful just by enjoying the roadside scenery from Indiana to Kentucky. I loved Kentucky. This place is so tranquil. You can see the Louisville Skyline. It's not like the one major cities have, but it's nice both in... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The admission I thought was a little high. But don't mis visiting the visitors museum. It has a movie and various displays. The main attraction is outside near the Ohio river. The fossil beds are free to explore. The movie I side explains what you are seeing

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

First, please notice the architecture of the exterior of the building... the different colors of block are to represent the layers of sedimentary rock this area is comprised of. Next, the let the exhibits of the park carry you back to the Devonian age...when the area was covered with an inland sea that led to the fossils displayed in the... More

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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

We visited while the river was low and had the opportunity to participate in an organized hike to the dry floor of the river bed. Ancient fossils abound and the volunteer guides were amazingly knowledgeable. If you are fortunate enough to be able to visit during one of these times wear shoes that you don't mind getting muddy and wet... More

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San Diego, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
100 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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