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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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Fairburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was a wild experience and with the high water new fossils were exposed and enjoyed. The walk in by the river was an extra and the museum was interesting and full of interactive displays but you can see the high usage has worn several of them and even some were broken and destroyed. But given the state of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Beautiful place with picnic areas, grills and playground. The interpretive center is excellent. Inexpensive and beautiful place. Just make sure you have your camera. You'll definitely want to capture the experience.

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