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Falls of the Ohio State Park

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Located on the banks of the Ohio River at 201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana (I-65 exit 0), is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular interpretive center overlooking the fossil beds. Inside you will find a 14 minute movie, an exhibit gallery with river and marine aquariums.

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03/01/2022

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I used the spotting scope and my phone to get close-ups of the work to remove two of the wayward barges. Looks like anot...
02/26/2022

I used the spotting scope and my phone to get close-ups of the work to remove two of the wayward barges. Looks like another six are bundled against the bridge with river flow keeping them in place.

Looks like some barges broke loose and piled up by the Louisville & Indiana Railroad bridge and the east end of Shipping...
02/26/2022

Looks like some barges broke loose and piled up by the Louisville & Indiana Railroad bridge and the east end of Shippingport Island!

Art in the ParkFebruary 26  10:00 – noonGuided by artist Mike Gibson, this program will use natural materials such as dr...
02/23/2022

Art in the Park
February 26 10:00 – noon
Guided by artist Mike Gibson, this program will use natural materials such as driftwood, pinecones and leaves to create free-standing or wall hung collages. Materials will be provided for this unique, free program designed for artists of all ages. Program will be held in the rotunda.

Fabulous news! The eagles are on the nest. Unlike the last four years, an eagle is constantly in the nest. Today, one is...
02/20/2022

Fabulous news! The eagles are on the nest. Unlike the last four years, an eagle is constantly in the nest. Today, one is in and one is beside. From a mile away, it's hard to photograph the eagle head barely visible in the scope.

We have Raptor Day on March 19 and Family Nature Club Eagle Watch on March 20. Details will be posted on our events calendar shortly.

Warm rain falling into the cold Ohio River makes a surreal and photogenic scene.
02/17/2022

Warm rain falling into the cold Ohio River makes a surreal and photogenic scene.

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation received a grant last year to cover the cost of school field trips to this park this sc...
02/17/2022

The Falls of the Ohio Foundation received a grant last year to cover the cost of school field trips to this park this school year. Teachers were encouraged to apply, and apply they did! The grant funds have now been used up. We hope it can be renewed for the next school year so teachers can apply again.

In the meantime, even without grant funding, teachers are welcome to book for this school year. We have plenty of open dates.

Today, Feb. 13 - FAMILY NATURE CLUB - Prehistoric Predators (3 TO 4 PM) Not all predators have teeth. We will look at fo...
02/13/2022

Today, Feb. 13 - FAMILY NATURE CLUB - Prehistoric Predators (3 TO 4 PM)
Not all predators have teeth. We will look at fossils and models of ancient life to see what makes a predator and predator. Program guided by Alan Goldstein, park naturalist and paleontologist, with Naturalist at Heart volunteers Stan Dunn and Carol Woodling.

The staff are like family at each of our DNR properties, and Falls of the Ohio is no different. As such, we are all sadd...
02/13/2022

The staff are like family at each of our DNR properties, and Falls of the Ohio is no different. As such, we are all saddened that our Interpretive Naturalist Alan Goldstein recently lost his dear wife after 34 years together. Our thoughts are with Alan and his family. May good memories of time together in nature sustain them and each of us through difficult challenges in life.

01/19/2022
Join us Saturday, Jan. 15, for the Lewis & Clark Junior Ranger program at 1 pm. It will be held in the expansive rotunda...
01/13/2022

Join us Saturday, Jan. 15, for the Lewis & Clark Junior Ranger program at 1 pm. It will be held in the expansive rotunda. $2 program includes a visit to the Lewis & Clark film in the exhibit gallery. The junior ranger book is free.

The eagle is hanging around the nest on Shippingport Island. You can see it better from the Clark home site where the ne...
01/13/2022

The eagle is hanging around the nest on Shippingport Island. You can see it better from the Clark home site where the nest is directly across the river. Bring a spotting scope.

This mediocre photo was shot through a window from the Interpretive Center this morning.

Last week, the river was high and the south wind blew the debris field against the shore line. Since then, the river has...
01/10/2022

Last week, the river was high and the south wind blew the debris field against the shore line. Since then, the river has dropped and part of the debris has moved out. But there is a lot towards Fisherman's Point. With all the trash mixed in, this is the Ohio River's version of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The gift shop will be closed Monday January 3rd for electrical upgrades.
01/02/2022

The gift shop will be closed Monday January 3rd for electrical upgrades.

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12/22/2021

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We wanted to bring something unique and fun to the Falls of the Ohio. Join us for art classes and learn something new about the Falls while your instructor teaches the fundamentals drawing techniques.

This fun mix of art and history is great for teens and adults of all skill levels. Each month-long session is only $65 and materials will be provided for those who don’t have the needed supplies!

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The Interpretive Center will be closed December 24th and 25th. Happy Holidays.
12/21/2021

The Interpretive Center will be closed December 24th and 25th. Happy Holidays.

We're hiring! Get a front row seat at this beautiful State Park as a seasonal front desk attendant. Are you a college st...
12/03/2021

We're hiring! Get a front row seat at this beautiful State Park as a seasonal front desk attendant. Are you a college student? Retired? Looking to begin a career in State Parks? Please apply to requisition number 166241
on the State of Indiana Personnel website:
workforindiana.in.gov

Today's 'Meet the Paleontologist' program was about "fossil mummies" - those are well-preserved fossils in nodules. Exam...
11/28/2021

Today's 'Meet the Paleontologist' program was about "fossil mummies" - those are well-preserved fossils in nodules. Examples from the park collections included fish, an ammonite, clam and bristle worm, and some ferns. I also showed examples that aren't nodules.

We had a girl scout troop attend. This free monthly program is a great opportunity for anyone to learn about fossils. Scouts and science clubs are welcome - along with anyone else!

Photographed the first flock of sandhill cranes over the Falls. (At least the first WE observed...) Definitely not pelic...
11/20/2021

Photographed the first flock of sandhill cranes over the Falls. (At least the first WE observed...) Definitely not pelicans!

Here's one more view of yesterday's setting sun with crepuscular days fanning out. The symmetry of light and dark are ae...
11/18/2021

Here's one more view of yesterday's setting sun with crepuscular days fanning out. The symmetry of light and dark are aesthetic dividing the river vertically and the sky diagonally.

Wonderful Falls of the Ohio sunset this evening! Half-dark, half-light. Nice crepuscular rays...
11/17/2021

Wonderful Falls of the Ohio sunset this evening! Half-dark, half-light. Nice crepuscular rays...

An immature bald eagle has been hanging around the Falls for over a month. Today, he was flying while a school group was...
11/17/2021

An immature bald eagle has been hanging around the Falls for over a month. Today, he was flying while a school group was here, so we could show it to the students. (Who were paying attention!) Here's a picture from our lunch room window at mid-day with a phone camera and spotting scope.

Sunday is our monthly Family Nature Club. Come into the rotunda at 3 pm and make some driftwood art to decorate your Tha...
11/13/2021

Sunday is our monthly Family Nature Club. Come into the rotunda at 3 pm and make some driftwood art to decorate your Thanksgiving table. This program is $2 per child for supplies. Next month's FNC is fossil ornaments. We have got an exciting line up of Family Nature Club programs throughout 2022.

Family Nature Club was created in 2015 to encourage families with children age 4 to 12 to get outside with friends and do something fun! Make time to enjoy nature with good company. Activities are designed to promote thinking. Club activities last no more than one hour.

Do you have 30 seconds to spare? If so, you could help the Falls of the Ohio Foundation receive a $15,000 grant from the...
11/13/2021

Do you have 30 seconds to spare? If so, you could help the Falls of the Ohio Foundation receive a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana! Click the link below and cast your vote of support for the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, which supports Falls of the Ohio State Park's stewardship of the significant natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources at this site! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/30thAnniversaryGrantVoting. (Photo: Falls of the Ohio SP sunset by Jackie Engle Miller.)

Our community is fortunate to have a place like the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The Falls of the Ohio Foundation suppo...
11/11/2021

Our community is fortunate to have a place like the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The Falls of the Ohio Foundation supports the state park's stewardship of the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources of this significant place, and the foundation is a finalist in a $15,000 grant program offered by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, and you can help them win it! Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/30thAnniversaryGrantVoting and support the work of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation by casting your vote for them to receive this grant. You must vote by 11:59 p.m. Friday, 11/12/21! Discover Falls of the Ohio SP at on.IN.gov/FallsoftheOhioSP. Learn more about the work of the Foundation at FallsoftheOhio.org.

11/11/2021
Monday, November 8 marks the 28th year Alan Goldstein has been at the Falls of the Ohio State Park as Interpretive Natur...
11/07/2021

Monday, November 8 marks the 28th year Alan Goldstein has been at the Falls of the Ohio State Park as Interpretive Naturalist. He's been through two exhibit gallery installations, now on his sixth property manager and third assistant manager. Larry Hayden and April Criswell have almost been with Alan as long, the rest of the staff are fresh whippersnappers by comparison! Paul Olliges, a long-time volunteer was at this event, too.

Here are several photos taken at Clarksville Riverfront Foundation's brick fundraising kick-off held Sept. 14, 1991. (Now the Falls of the Ohio Foundation.) Alan brought a Devonian fossil display. Who would know that he would be looking back at that event 30 years later?

I like to give our Facebook visitors quizzes from time to time. But this water-worn fossil in limestone was found in the...
11/07/2021

I like to give our Facebook visitors quizzes from time to time. But this water-worn fossil in limestone was found in the cobbles on the river bank yesterday by park paleontologist, Alan Goldstein, is trickier to ID than most.

At first glance, it resembles a horn coral. However, it lacks the skeletal structure. Except for the curved lines and tapering shape, it has no other distinguishing features. So what is it?

It's part of an extremely rare Devonian cephalopod! (Compare with the photo of an equally rare cephalopod from the Waldron Shale.)

This fossil was salvaged for our park collections and will likely be shown at 'Meet the Paleontologist' or other fossil programs in the future. Remember, public fossil collecting is PROHIBITED by federal and state laws! (Except for the 'brought in' collecting piles by the parking lot.) While we occasionally hold on to fossils found by visitors exploring the fossil beds, 9 out of 10 times, they are "released back into the wild."

These November mornings bring some unique fog clouds as the warmer Ohio River water mixes with the cold air. Localized p...
11/06/2021

These November mornings bring some unique fog clouds as the warmer Ohio River water mixes with the cold air. Localized puffs of clouds are dramatic in the low morning sunlight.

Other Halloween-themed photos include these odd rocks...Happy Halloween!
10/31/2021

Other Halloween-themed photos include these odd rocks...
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!Here's a spooky "face-in-the-cloud" I saw on Thursday morning.
10/31/2021

Happy Halloween!

Here's a spooky "face-in-the-cloud" I saw on Thursday morning.

Another "name that bird" quiz. This is an easy one. What is it? I love the fall color in the cottonwoods. Some years the...
10/30/2021

Another "name that bird" quiz. This is an easy one. What is it?

I love the fall color in the cottonwoods. Some years they go from green to brown.

Bird ID Quiz - This photo was taken yesterday at the Falls. What is it?
10/29/2021

Bird ID Quiz - This photo was taken yesterday at the Falls. What is it?

Address

201 W Riverside Dr
Clarksville, IN
47129

General information

Re-opening January 8, 2016.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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(812) 280-9970

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Located on the banks of the Ohio River at 201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana (one mile west of I-65), is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 390-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. In the late summer and fall, you can “dry snorkel” on the coral beds. The diverse upper fossil beds are visible except when the river is higher than normal. The park features an architecturally unique interpretive center overlooking the fossil beds. Inside you will find a “walk-under” mammoth skeleton, hands-on exhibits, wildlife viewing room, and two 11 minute movies - an award winning orientation film and one on the Falls of the Ohio and the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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I'm blown away how amazing these photos turned out Just had to show off these photos!!!! Falls of the Ohio is an amazing spot for photographers. Jenniferreneephotos.com Jennifer Renee Photography
I'm looking forward to my first trip there this February. Any suggestions for winter walks, birding? activities? I'll be sure to check out the Interpretive Center. Thanks!
Start the year off right with a little exercise and exploration on a 'First Day Hike' in #SouthernIndiana. 🥾🌳☀️ Hike along the upper fossil beds at the Falls of the Ohio State Park and learn about the Devonian sea life, plants and animals that live along the river's edge. #GoSoIN
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Thank you VERY MUCH to everyone that came out to help today for our 502 Dragons End of Season River Clean Up at Falls of the Ohio State Park! We picked up a lot of trash, and enjoyed a super beautiful day by the river having fun with friends! Our next event will be 502 Dragon Boat Friendsgiving Potluck 2021 which is next Sunday from 1-3pm. Check event for details and RSVP. If you have any questions, or would like more info about 502 Dragon Boat please contact us. We hope you have a great rest of your weekend, and to see you another time soon :) https://fb.watch/9fO74tCbaL/
Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day The Park is celebrating by offering free admission and parking all day.
We value the work these non-profits do in our community and wish we could support so many more. Anytime is a good time to give! Check out there valuable contributions to our community: Waterfront Botanical Gardens Coalition for the Homeless Bridgehaven Mental Health Services Louisville Memorial Auditorium Falls of the Ohio State Park The Center for Women and Families Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana- Site Based YouthBuild Louisville Family & Children's Place
#OnThisDay in 1803... October 14, 1803 was a Friday, so Meriwether Lewis and his small party arrived in Louisville just in time for the weekend! Little is known of exactly what took place once the Captain arrived at the Falls of the Ohio – Louisville, Kentucky on the south bank, Clarksville, Indiana Territory on the north. (His journal was silent from September 19 through November 10.) He may first have found a good place for a meal and ale, and a place to stay. Or he may have borrowed or rented a horse and rushed off to find his friend and future partner William Clark. Carol Grende’s work stands in Falls of the Ohio State Park, and is titled after the famous line by historian and author, Stephen E. Ambrose – the “When They Shook Hands, the Lewis and Clark Expedition Began” statue may best capture the moment when Lewis and Clark re-connected to begin their infamous journey. The Captains would remain in the area of the Falls for 12 days, shoving off down the Ohio on October 26, 1803. Falls of the Ohio State Park Check out more important places on the Lewis and Clark Trail: 👉 https://www.nps.gov/lecl/learn/historyculture/places.htm Photo: Southern Indiana Visitors’ Bureau Image: The large bronze statue shows Lewis (on the right) shaking hands with Clark (left). Lewis is holding an espontoon in his left hand, while Clark has a hat in his left hand. The work of art stands on a huge slab of granite; the Ohio River is in the background. c
Celebrate #NationalFossilDay, Sat. Oct. 16, at the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world, the Falls of the Ohio State Park! 🔎🌳🥾 Click the link to check out the schedule of special outdoor and educational events all day! https://bit.ly/2YF0rs8 #GoSoIN #IndianaFossils #OhioValleyFossilTrail
Did you know Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met at the Falls of the Ohio in October 1803 before starting their epic journey? This year marks the 218th anniversary of the handshake that began the expedition. 🤝 Join the celebrations, on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Falls of the Ohio State Park that include re-enactors, demonstrations of period crafts, vendors and food, period music, a new play, and more! #GoSoIN #FallsOfTheOhio #Clarksville #LewisAndClark