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


An Evening with the Birds

August 27, 5:00 to 8:30 PM

Local birders from Falls of the Ohio and Beckham Bird Club will be available to answer questions on birding and provide scopes for viewing shorebirds on fossil beds.

Visitors will see migrating shorebirds, wading birds (herons and egrets), the local peregrine falcon, osprey and bald eagle. 

We will bird at two locations:  Observation Deck at the Interpretive Center and Fisherman's Point.



Outer Fossil Bed Hikes


Due to exceptional high water and fast currents, conditions were not suitable

for the usual water crossing from the Indiana shore to the spillway in 2015.

We will schedule hikes if we determine the crossing is safe in August.


Brian Vance and Paul Olliges lead hikes on fossil beds


Canoe Hikes

September and October, 2016

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 August 16, 2016