Charlestown State Park, Charlestown

#20 of 51 in Nature in Indiana
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Charlestown State Park is an Indiana state park on 5,100 acres (20.64 km2) in Clark County, Indiana, in the United States. The park is on the banks of the Ohio River, 1 mile (2 km) east of Charlestown. It was once part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), and was donated in separate parcels to the Indiana state government. In 1993, the state of Indiana was given 859 acres (3.48 km2), and in 1994 was given an additional 1,125 acres (4.55 km2) . When the park opened in 1996, it encompassed 2,400 acres (9.7 km2). With an additional 2,600 acres (10.5 km2) given by the INAAP in 2004, the park has 5,100 acres (20.6 km2), making it the third largest state park in Indiana. The park attracts 131,000 people a year.
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  • Love this park. Lots of hiking. Nice views of the Ohio River. Has a boat launch. Some of the hiking trails are steep. Not a lot of fishing locations.  more »
  • We loved our visit! It is $9 per car for out of state and $7 for in state. The trails were all very easy to find off the main road. We hiked trail 7 which is around the abandoned rose island...  more »
  • Beautiful parkand campsites are nice. Rose Island is a must see. It has a haunted feel to it but not in a scary way. Cool history and lots of placards telling the story. Cool area! Lots to explore.
  • Spent a good part of the day here, beautiful area. Massive with multiple areas. Campground looked really nice albeit a little civilized for my likes when it comes to camping. Checked out all areas of the park. Walked on the trails to Rose island. Was both beautiful and creepy / fun to be in an area that had been reclaimed by nature. Saw a family of wild turkeys and a deer. Didn't know there was a $7 fee to enter but was more than worth it. Me and the family will definitely be back.

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