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“One of My Faves” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Falls of the Ohio State Park

Falls of the Ohio State Park
201 West Riverside Dr., Exit 0, Interstate 65, Clarksville, IN 47129
812-280-9970
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Type: Geologic Formations, Parks, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Dating back 386 million years, the Falls of Ohio are among the world's largest naturally exposed fossil beds.
Jeffersonville, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of My Faves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I love this place. Lots to see and do for free and admission to the Interpretive Center is quite reasonable. The staff here are great. Always ready to answer questions and knowledgeable about their park. The largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world are here (all the brown in the picture to the left). A while back the wife and I were charged with entertaining two visiting college professors from Tanzania for a few hours. We brought them here and gave them the locals tour (we only live about two miles from here.) Their experience actually brought a tear to one professor's eye. Not a much better recommendation could be had I think.

Visited May 2012
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Annandale, Virginia
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38 attraction reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Interpretive Center very good and interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Great interpretative center, located right on river--features local history, Lewis and Clark history (they met at the Falls of the Ohio), has a bird room where you can watch local birds, lots of nature exhibits, friendly staff, nice video, very cool place.

Visited August 2012
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Indiana
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Each step is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Falls of the Ohio is a park like none other. Entrance as well as parking is free. With steps leading down to the riverbed, it's easy to access the attraction. The riverbed runs along the Ohio River on the Indiana side. I've been there twice and was pleasantly surprised each time at how few people were there. Don't expect slides and trails and shelters (although there are a few up on the ground level when you drive in). This park is purely for wandering the riverbed and looking down at the countless fossils below your feet!! Within each step you'll find something interesting to look at. Some fossils are rather large (12 inches) while others are tiny (1 inch). Some are clearly recognizable while others leave you wondering what you're viewing.
The day that we visited was incredibly hot and humid. My children found it cooler to explore fossils while keeping their feet in the water. If you visit, I'd recommend putting small children in swimwear (my daughter is 5 and just wading in a bit left her shorts completely wet) and sunscreen. I'm not sure of any quick stops for restrooms or water so you might want to plan ahead in that way as well.

Visited July 2012
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Columbiana
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Fossil hunting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Nice way to kill a few hours with the kids. $2 parking fee (additional cost to go through the Interpretive Center, which we did not do because of time constraints). Lots of walking, but the kids had fun finding and trying to determine what fossils were there.

Nice photo ops with downtown Louisville in the background.

Visited July 2012
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LaGrange, Kentucky
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“fossil lovers only”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

These are fossils before the dino's. But if you have an interest in this kind of thing than this place is for you. Just remember this is by a river the summer is the best time when the water is down.

Visited May 2012
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