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Charlestown State Park, IN

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates

Description

The birth of the Ohio River, the primary feature of the park, began in the Ice Age, when glaciers and periodic natural damming began to form the river. Historically, the river was shallow enough to walk across in the hot summer months, but in the late 1800s construction started on a series of man-made dams that made the river what it is today.

Currently 981 miles long, the Ohio offers many recreational opportunities from catfishing to water skiing. Rugged and winding, the Fourteenmile Creek valley is one of the oldest un-glaciated stream valleys in Indiana. As a tributary to the Ohio, the creek today appears as a long, winding "ribbon" lake rather than as a flowing stream. This unique look is due to locks and dams on the river. During the periods when the river level is increasing, Fourteenmile Creek actually appears to be flowing in reverse, as rising river waters back into the creek valley.

From 1940-1995, the park land was part of the Indiana Armory Ammunition Plant, which totaled approximately 15,000 acres at one time. Before the establishment of the plant, most of what was to become the park was used for farmland or pasture land. Old aerial photographs show the park as open area with few trees. Prudent resource management during the last 50-plus years by the Army allowed and encouraged reforestation of the rugged hills and deep ravines.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archeology Programs
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Power
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Field Sports / Activities
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, River / Stream
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Information Center
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Nature Study
  • Office / Ranger Station
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms
  • River / Stream
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Skiing - Water
  • Stargazing
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Hiking / Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Access, River / Stream
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Skiing
  • Waterfall
  • Waterfall Access
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Medical Clinic
  • Propane
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Scenic Driving Routes
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM/Cash Machine
  • Antiquing
  • Church
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Grocery Store
  • Group / Community Facility
  • Hospital
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Marina
  • Meeting Space
  • Newspapers
  • Orchard / Produce Farm
  • Recycling Station
  • Restaurant
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Sightseeing
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Airport
  • Art & Museum
  • Ball Field
  • Botanical Garden
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Car Rentals
  • Catering
  • Cultural Activities
  • Cultural Sites / Exhibits
  • Gardens, Botanical Displ
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horse Stalls
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Kiosk
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mall
  • Motel
  • Mountain/Trail Bicycling
  • Museum
  • Musical Performances
  • Nature Center
  • Outfitter
  • PROGRAMS, ARCHEOLOGY
  • Park Lake
  • Programs, History
  • Programs, Instructional
  • Programs, Nature
  • Programs, Recreational
  • Reservoir
  • Shopping
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Water Slides
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information
CLIFTY FALLS STATE PARK 32 MILES, HARDY LAKE 30 MILES; DEAM LAKE 25 MILES

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.4312, -85.6449
38°25'52"N, 85°38'42"W

Directions to the Park from I-65: From I-65 take Exit 6A to I-265 E (Clark Maritime Center) Stay on I-265 E for approximately 1 3/4 miles. Take Exit 10B (Charlestown, State Road 62 E) Park is 8 miles on the right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Charlestown State Park
300 State Park Drive
CHARLESTOWN  IN  47111-1038

Phone Number:

Information:  8122565600