Explore the Falls of the Ohio

Have you ever visited the Falls of the Ohio State Park? Located just across the river in Clarksville, IN, it’s a great place to explore. The rock formations and beds that make the Falls of the Ohio hold a wealth of history. You can hike along the fossil formations, which cause a twenty six foot drop in the river over the course of two miles.

The Interpretative Center features over one hundred exhibits for you to peruse. Exhibits include geology, prehistory and local history presentations. Make sure you watch the short video that highlights the history of the Falls of the Ohio. Enjoy a stop in the Wildlife Observation Room, where you can watch local birds come and go. It’s important to note that the Interpretative Center will be closed starting November 24th for a complete renovation. The center hopes to reopen in September 2015.

You can discover a variety of wildlife at the Falls of the Ohio. Avid birders will enjoy bird watching here. You can download a checklist for birding at the Falls on their website. Fishing is also a great activity on the Ohio River. If you enjoy beautiful gardens, you will enjoy close to three hundred species of wildflowers and trees. All this surrounds the unique Falls of the Ohio!

This Saturday a group will paddle the falls. Guests will be able to take a unique water tour of the Falls, taking in local wildlife and fossils. You’ll paddle through the Conservation Area and hike onto the outer fossil beds. Don’t have your own canoe? No worries, you can rent a canoe or kayak from Green Earth Outdoors. Participants can meet at the Conservation Area at 9:00 a.m. or at the Harrison Ave. boat ramp at 9:30 a.m. If you can’t make it this Saturday, August 16th, visit their website to see additional dates later this fall.

The Falls of the Ohio will be hosting a Fossil Symposium on August 23rd and 24th. Fossils from the Mississippian period will be discussed. Dr. William I. Ausich from The Ohio State University will be the keynote speaker, covering the Age of the Crinoids. The symposium will take place on Saturday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, August 24th participants will take a trip through southern Indiana to collect Mississippian-age fossils. Reservations are required, admission is $15.00.

As a state park, the Falls of the Ohio is opened daily with the exception of major holidays. You can visit the park from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Interpretive Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can stop by on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission ranges from $2.00 to $5.00. Parking is $2.00 per vehicle.

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