Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.



Park Programs

Program at the Falls of the Ohio State Park are activities of 2 hours or less.

Special events are our major day-long activities.

Questions? Please contact us at: (812) 280-9970 or


Family Nature Club

One Sunday each month at 2:00 PM

See the "Kid's Page" for details.



Outer Fossil Bed Hikes


Will be scheduled for August, September and October 2017

The outer fossils are one of the world's amazing excursions to see Devonian fossils in their natural "habitat." We can only offer hikes in the late summer and fall when the upper gates of the McAlpine Dam are closed. This hike is moderately rugged and without shade, so wear a hat and bring water. You will do a little wading, the worst is about 2-feet deep with a moderate current. There will be a lot of walking on uneven limestone ledges. Wear enclosed shoes for your safety.

Learn about the geology, history, and river dynamics & engineering of the lock & dam and 1870 railroad bridge. You will see birds and other wildlife on this outing.

Hike lasts about 3 1/2 hours. Meets on the deck. It is geared for adults and children 12 and over. Show up with enough time to sign a liability release form and use the rest rooms in the Interpretive Center before you go outside to explore.

Hike depends on river level and weather conditions.

Contact us the day before at 812-280-9970.


Brian Vance and Paul Olliges lead hikes on fossil beds

Secret cache of fossils will be shown on this hike to explain the ancient life that created the fossil beds.

Canoe Hikes

Will be scheduled for Late Summer - Early Fall 2017

Canoe hike on the Indian Chute channel at the Falls of the Ohio.

Paddle the falls and discover a very pleasant way to discover wildlife and seldom-seen fossils.

Canoe or kayak with Falls of the Ohio interpretive naturalist Jeremy Beavin in the unique Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area.

Meet at the boat ramp on Harrison Avenue, in Clarksville, by 9:30 a.m.

We will paddle into the Conservation Area, hike a bit on the outer fossil beds and plan to

return around noon. Call on Friday (812) 280-9970, to make sure the river level is safe

for boating. Bring your own canoe or kayak and PFD (life jacket), water to drink, and

sun protection. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Outings launch from the GRC Boat Ramp 1204 W. Harrison Avenue.

         Paddling below the George Rogers Clark home site cabin.


         Paddling below the Clark Cabin

Public Hikes on the Devonian Fossil Beds

Looking for fossils on the fossil beds


Naturalist-led hikes are offered on the fossils daily from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Whether you are stalking crinoids, trekking for trilobites or creeping over corals, you can learn about the wonderful Devonian fossil beds and learn why they are unique in the world. We encourage you to come and visit the Interpretive Center before going outside.

Saturday hikes are available after Labor Day weekend and go through October November 1. At other times hikes can be scheduled by calling several days in advance.

When you can't come when there is a scheduled hike, we have roving volunteer naturalists who may be found on the fossil beds.  You can recognize one by looking for a brown vest with the Falls logo on the back, or a lanyard (hang-tag) with their name and "Naturalist at Heart" logo. You can also pick up a free "Discovering Fossils" brochure or download one from here.

Watch Facebook or call 812-280-9970 for times.



Updated October 17, 2016