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Charlestown State Park
Copyright: - Indiana Department of Natual Resources
Charlestown State Park
Description - With scenic vistas of the Fourteenmile Creek valley and elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with this diversity. While hiking the rugged terrain you will see Devonian fossil outcrops and areas of karst sinkhole topography. Bird watchers will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional Bald Eagle.

Attractions - Charlestown State Park a 5,100 acer park that is bordered on one side by the Ohio River. The birth of the Ohio River began in the Ice Age, when glaciers and periodic damming began to form the river. Historically the river was shallow enough to walk across in the hot summer months, but the late 1800’s marked the beginning of a series of dams that made the river what it is today. Currently 981 miles long, the Ohio River offers many recreational opportunities from cat fishing to water skiing. Another feature of the park is the Fourteenmile Creek valley. Rugged and winding, the Fourteenmile Creek valley is one of the oldest unglaciated stream valleys in Indiana. As a tributary to the Ohio River, the creek today appears as a long winding “ribbon” lake rather than a flowing stream. This unique appearance is due to locks and dams on the Ohio River. During those periods when the Ohio River level is going up, Fourteenmile Creek actually appears to be flowing in reverse as rising river waters back up into the creek valley.

Recreation - Charlestown State Park offers camping, fishing, hiking, a interpretive naturalist service and a boat ramp. There are also picnic grounds and shelters available for reservation at the park. Charlestown is one of two state parks offering full hookup campsites.

Climate - Visitors to this state can expect hot and humid summer days that often reach 90 degrees F in July and August. Summer nights bring little relief with an average temperature of 70. Winter can be extremely cold in this Midwestern state with a yearly average of 40 inches of snow and low temperatures dipping to negative 15 degrees F. Winter daytime highs average close to 40 degrees. Spring and fall are excellent times to visit Indiana spring brings blooming wildflowers and daytime highs of 65 degrees F. With falls mild temperatures the leaves in the forested southern regions of the state change to brilliant hues.

Location - Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana with easy access from I-65, 8 miles to the east on state road 62.

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