Falls of the Ohio & Charlestown State Park




Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 W Riverside Drive

Clarksville, IN 47129

(812) 280-9970



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Charlestown State Park

12500 Indiana 62

Charlestown, IN 47111

(812) 256-5600


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The Falls of the Ohio and Charlestown State Parks are a single management unit and we list events at both parks on this page. Admission fees apply for all CSP activities and at select Falls events.

For more information on any of the events below, please call (812) 280-9970.

Family Nature Club

Meets one Sunday each month at 2:00PM

Activities for the whole family designed to get kids outside. 1 hour programs.  Watch the Facebook page and website for updates involving this program.

Digging the Past: A Celebration of Archaeology and Fossils

This day-long festival offers many hands-on activities and learning opportunities have a for adults and children.

$2 per person admission.

Co-sponsored by the Mineral and Fossil Interest Club, Falls of the Ohio Archaeology Society, and IMI, Inc.

Boy Scout Troop 1 sells hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks.


Hands-on Archaeology!

Atlatl -dart throwing

Technology and hunter-gatherers (U of K)

Mock dig for artifacts

Learn how to use stone tools

Ancient art

Flint knapping demonstration

Artifact identification (bring your unknowns)


Dig Geology!

Fresh fossil amd mineral collecting piles

Guided hikes on fossil beds

Roving naturalists on fossil beds

Rock and fossil identification (bring your unknowns)

$1 egg cartoon geology collections (fossils, minerals & rocks)

Arts & crafts for children with fossils, beads and more!


Special for Educators!

Teachers - sign up to win a comprehensive geological collection for your classroom. It contains identified rocks, minerals and fossils.


September 9


Outer Fossil Bed Hikes

If safe accessibility issues are resolved this year, hikes will be scheduled from late-August through mid-October.  Watch the Falls of the Ohio website and/or Facebook page for dates and times.

Canoe Hikes

Bring a canoe or kayak and explore the Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife conservation with a naturalist guide. Scheduled from late-August through mid-October when the upper gates are closed. Subject to late cancellation if river activity changes. Watch the Falls of the Ohio website and/or Facebook page for dates and times.

Charlestown Under the Stars

Co-sponsored by the Louisville Astronomical Society, this event will focus on stargazing. What is out under the night sky tonight? Learn about telescopes, how to find Polaris, discover the summer and fall constellations, bring your telescope that you haven't figured out how to use and we will show you. Come to the Oak Shelter House. If weather is overcast, we will hold the event in the park office with an astronomy slide show and telescopes for examination.


We'll look at the moon, planets, objects in the Milky Way and galaxies beyond.


September 23


Rock the Rocks

You are invited to our 13th annual Rock the Rocks. Come for a special evening at the Falls of the Ohio Foundation's annual fund raiser.  2016 attendees enjoyed festivities including a catered dinner by Fireside Bar and Grill, bourbon tasting by Jim Beam Brands Company, handcrafted beers from New Albanian Brewing Company, wine sampling by River City Winery. Live music by Jamey Aebersold Jazz and 100% Poly. The evening included silent and live auctions, and a guided stroll on the fossil beds.


September 30



For information about 2017's Rock the Rocks or to become an event sponsor, call the Falls of the Ohio Foundation at (812) 283-4999.

Halloween at Charlestown State Park

Campground decorating and costume contests, trick or treating, haunted hikes and storytelling make for lots of fun for kids of all ages!

October 20-21

Charlestown State Park