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



Park Programs

(Special Events listed separately)

For more information about specific programs please contact us at: (812) 280-9970 or

Interpretive Programs - October schedule

Falls Programs October 1 - 17

Falls Programs October 18 - 31


Charlestown State Park Programs October 1 - 17

Charlestown State Park Programs October 18 - 31

Extended Hike

A four-hour Indiana shoreline fossil-history-geography hike will be held September 19. Led by Kenny Karem. Meet on deck at 9:00 AM.

Brian Vance and Paul Olliges lead hikes on fossil beds


Canoe Hike

October 10 - 1:00 p.m.

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 (September 7) and go through October 26. 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.

2015 Outer Fossil Bed Hikes: Cancelled!

See details for two Indiana Shoreline Hikes below.

Due to exceptional high water and fast currents, conditions are no longer suitable for the usual water crossing from the Indiana shore to the spillway.

Join us via our canoes hikes - information below.


Updated September 17, 2015