Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park

A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park 
A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park
A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park 
Falls of the Ohio State Park
This, the smallest Indiana State Park, is part of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area. The park resides in the town of Clarksville, Indiana just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. The State of Indiana established the Falls of the Ohio State Park to preserve the fossil beds that lay exposed on the exposed riverbed. Falls of the Ohio Visitor Center The visitor center is the best place to begin a visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park. The Visitor Center occupies the site of the former Camp Joe Holt, a Union Camp during the American Civil War. The camp served as a major troop staging area for Union troops invading the Confederate States of America. Unlike other State Parks, Falls of the Ohio is not accessible using the State Park Pass. The fees serve to reimburse the City of Clarksville for building the Visitor Center.

Falls of the Ohio State Park Visitor Center
The Visitor Center at Falls of the Ohio State Park contains scores of fossils, highlighted by the massive mammoth skeleton mounted in the main entrance. The fossils include examples of fossils found in the fossil beds on the grounds and in southern Indiana.
Visitor Center Exhibits - Falls of the Ohio State Park
Visitor Center Exhibits - Falls of the Ohio State Park
The Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio is a family friendly facility. It displays a plethora of information about the history of the river area. The Falls area includes the Indiana towns of Clarksville, New Albany, Jeffersonville, and Louisville, Kentucky across the river. This area is rich in history. Before the installation of the locks, riverboats had to stop at the Falls. The passengers and cargo had to be portaged around them. The cities played an important role in this process.




Jeffersonville blossomed into an important riverboat-building center and rail hub. The area served an important role during the Civil War. Terry Chase, a well-established exhibit developer designed the Visitor Center with its many easy to understand exhibits in 1990.
Falls of the Ohio State Park Fossil Beds
Falls of the Ohio State Park Fossil Beds

Riverbed Exposed - Fossil Beds
A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park
A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park
The 390-million-year-old fossil beds at Falls of the Ohio State Park are among the largest, naturally exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world. There is a trail here, The Woodland Loop Trail, which has ten new stainless steel markers denoting the plant life of the trails completed by area Eagle Scouts. The visitor may tour at will or take a guided tour. Careful examination of the riverbed will reward the visitor with many unusual fossils. State Law forbids collecting the fossils. Take only pictures. The best time to visit is from August to early November when the river levels are traditionally low. The Falls of the Ohio no longer exist, hidden under the McAlpine dam, but the exposed fossil beds provide a fascinating window into the past.

A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park

A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park will guide the visitor to Falls of the Ohio State Park on their visit to this wonderful area. In addition to the Park, visitors will find many other attractions in one of Indiana's earliest settled areas. Lewis and Clark set out on their renowned journey to the northwest coast from the Falls of the Ohio area. Visitors can visit George Rogers Clark's home site, where the trek started, as well as other fun places to visit in Clark and Floyd counties.

George Rogers Clark Home Site - Falls of the Ohio State Park
George Rogers Clark Home Site - Falls of the Ohio State Park
 The book Falls of the Ohio State Park is part of the Indiana State Park Travel Guide Series. This series will encompass all the family friendly Indiana State Parks. Indiana’s State Park system is one of the finest in the United States. With great hiking trails, history, and nature, there is something for everyone at an Indiana State Park. A Visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park Falls of the Ohio State Park 201 W Riverside Dr. Clarksville, IN 47129 Area: 165 acres (67 acres) Phone: (812) 280-9970
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