On our way to Clifty Falls State Park, we stopped at Falls of the Ohio State Park. The park is home to 390 million year old fossil beds on the banks of the Ohio River. The park is located in Clarksville, Indiana, just across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. The park is home to an interpretative center, but while we were there it was closed for renovations.
There is a small parking lot behind the interpretive center. From here, it is just a short walk to an overlook behind the the interpretive center which gives you an expansive view of the fossil beds.
A staircase leads down to river level. Driftwood and other debris create a “floor”
that you can walk on to get to the fossil beds.
We walked along the fossil beds and just took in the views.
On the map, I noticed an icon for the Clark Homesite so we went and checked that out. This site is a representation of General George Rogers Clark’s cabin. A plaque near the site claims that he “won for the United States the empire northwest of the Ohio River”.
There is also a picnic area here and it was a great spot to sit and have lunch.
Overall, this was a great place to stop and stretch your legs and get a good view of the Ohio River! For more information, you can check out Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources website.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021:
We recently visited Falls of the Ohio State Park again while exploring a few places around Louisville, Kentucky. I added some new photos below!