Falls of the Ohio State Park

Falls of the Ohio State Park park incorporates a large fossil bed in the Ohio River floodplain, and offers a glimpse into the far distant past. When the river is low enough, you can walk out on a large rock shelf located between the visitor center and the Ohio.

Embedded within the rock are numerous fossilized plants and animals, preserved as they died. The Visitor Center has exhibits on local human history and the formation of the fossil beds. The emphasis is on coral reefs, both present and long ago, rather than on current Ohio River aquatic life.


There is a short upland trail.


Clark County. The convoluted route follows numerous city streets; your best bet is to take I-65 Exit 0 and follow the signs.

North 38 16.587 West 85 45.804
DeLorme 58:H6

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Bathrooms and water in the interpretive center.

Nearby Natural Areas

Brock-Sampson Nature Preserve
Charlestown State Park
Deam Lake State Recreation Area


Goll: Indiana State Parks; Page 85
Habeck: Wild Indiana; Page 124
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
McPherson: Indiana Best Hikes; Page 389
McPherson: Nature Walks in Southern Indiana; Page 122