Located on the banks of the Ohio River at 201 West Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana, is Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 390-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 featuring new interactive, immersive exhibits.

While fossil collecting is prohibited on the fossil beds and river bank, the park staff encourages visitors to explore and discover the many different types of fossils that can be found on the ancient sea bottom. Collecting piles (with rock and fossils from quarries) are the only place where rocks may be removed at the Falls of the Ohio. They are located by the parking lot behind the interpretive center.

The interpretive center is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. The park grounds are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fishing, hiking, fossil viewing, bird watching and picnicking are among the most popular activities. Admission is $9 age 12 & up; $7 age 5 to 11; under 5 is free. Parking is $2. The Annual Entrance Pass covers parking, not Interpretive Center admission.

August through October provides the best accessibility to the 220 acres of fossil beds, as the river is at its lowest level during this period.

Location

Falls of the Ohio State Park Indiana
201 W Riverside Dr, Clarksville, IN 47129, United States

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Hours

PARK HOURS

  • Every Day 7:00AM – 11:00PM

INTERPRETIVE CENTER HOURS

  • Mon – Sat 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Fees

  • $9: 12 and older
  • $7: 11 and younger
  • Under 5 Free
  • Parking is $2

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Contact Details

Phone: (812) 280-9970

Official Website: Falls of the Ohio State Park Indiana

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