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.

Raptor Day at Charlestown State Park

Learn about birds of prey and bird watching. Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab Center will bring several of their birds for visitors to see up-close. Telescopes will be set up to observe birds in their native  habitat. "Non-live" raptor programs and children's activities will be guided by Naturalist at Heart Volunteers from the Falls of the Ohio.


April 15


Charlestown State Park

Free Fishing Weekend Event

Ever wanted to go fishing but don't have the gear? Not sure how to tie a Fisherman's Knot? The event was designed just for you! This is a chance to give the sport of fishing a try without investing in all the gear or a license! Our Park Naturalist along with DNR Fisheries Biologists will all be on hand for this fun, free, family event! Open to all ages.


June 3


Ohio River Sweep

The Clark County effort is part of a multi-state program to remove trash from the banks of the river. A free tee shirt is provided. Come to the Falls - and bring your friends! We welcome scouts, schools and civic organizations to volunteer and help us clean up the riverbank. Unfortunately, there is no end to the trash that needs to be picked up!

Contact Paula Hepp - 812-283-8233 for details.


June 17


Clark Days

Celebrate the founder of Clarksville and Louisville, the revolutionary war hero George Rogers Clark and his young brother William, of Lewis and Clark fame. This weekend event features reenactors, guest speakers, guided cabin tours, pioneer activities, and more!

$2 per person admission.


June 24-25


Southern Indiana Butterfly Festival

Charlestown State Park has a wide variety and vast number of butterflies and moths. July is the perfect time to see them having abundant wildflowers that attract species. The event will feature on-going programs and continuous insect observing. DNR photographer Frank Oliver offers free tips to photograph butterflies. IUS entomologist Dr. Randy Hunt will help identify the insects you see. Naturalist Larry Hilton will also identify bugs and flowers. Park naturalists and volunteers will be throughout the activity area.


On-going programs include

Digital photography scavenger hunt (prizes offered)

Butterfly crafts for younger children

Crafts and activities for older children and adults


July 22


Charlestown State Park

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