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CHARLESTOWN STATE PARK
CHARLESTOWN STATE PARK
P.O. Box 38
Charlestown, Indiana   47111

Phone: 812-256-5600
Reservations: 812-256-5600
Charlestown State Park
'Well'
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Ranney Well house

Charlestown State Park
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Charlestown State Park
'Charlestown State Park'
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Charlestown State Park
'Ohio River'

Ohio River from trail 6 Tammy Davis

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'Fourteen Mile Creek'
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Trail along Fourteen Mile Creek leads to Ohio River

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'Ohio River'
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Ohio River from overlook

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'Ohio River View'
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Stunning views of the Ohio River at Charlestown State Park

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'Picnic Area'
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The picnic area overlooks the Ohio River

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The plaque at the Charlestown boat ramp

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'Charlestown State Park'
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The Charlestown State Park entrance sign.

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'Surveying The Countryside'
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A vulture warming up in the morning sun

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'Looking for breakfast '
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A vulture warming up in the morning sun at the main entrance to the park

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'Charlestown Boat Ramp'
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Looking down the ramp to the Ohio River

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The plaque sits on top of the Portersville Bridge

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'On the bridge'
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Standing in the middle of the Portersville Bridge

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'Elevation '
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This is an elevation tag on the way down to the Portersville Bridge

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'Bridge'
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The Portersville Bridge

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The plaque at the Portersville Bridge

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'Another view'
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The Portersville Bridge from the other side

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

Charlestown is one of two state parks offering full hookup campsites.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingElectric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
* Full Hookup / 60 sites * Electric / 132 sites * Campground Reservations
Camping Map (pdf)
Accommodation Availability Calendars
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
64.6 miles from park*


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Trails
1. RUGGED 2.4 milesBegins at the Trail 1 parking lot and follows an existing gravel road a short distance before turning to the left and slowly descending into the Fourteenmile Creek valley. It then meanders through dense floodplain forest before climbing up the valley wall to wind along rock outcrops and abutments. A lower portion of the trail offers scenic views of Fourteenmile Creek before climbing again as it returns to the parking lot. Spring wildflowers along portions of this trail will treat the hiker to stunning displays. Wildlife, songbirds, and birds of prey may be seen along this trail.

2. MODERATE 1.4 milesBegins in the picnic area and follows several stream ravines as it circles back to return to the picnic area. The middle section of this trail runs along hillsides heavily forested with mixed deciduous hardwoods, bridges several small ravines, and offers scenic views of several small cascading falls and rock-bottom streams.

3. RUGGED 2.1 milesThe trail begins with a very steep road grade that once led to a footbridgeover Fourteenmile Creek. The bridge provided access to Rose Island, a 1920s amusement park. The Rose Island facilities were damaged beyond repair by the 1937 flood, and the bridge was removed once the Army bought the land in the 1940s. Good areas for stream-bank fishing can be reached by following the gravel portion of Trail 3 to Fourteenmile Creek. The middle section of this trail is very scenic with views of Fourteenmile Creek, rock cliffs high above the trail, abundant spring wildflowers, and mixed deciduous forests.

4. Rugged 2.9 milesTrail 4 begins at same parking lot as Trail 3. Beginning on gently rolling land, this trail soon begins to descend into mixed hardwood forests as it follows tributaries of Fourteenmile Creek. At about the halfway point, hikers will see commanding views of Fourteenmile Creek from a bluff more than 100 feet above the water. High quality woodlands and striking wildflower displays are found on this trail.

5. MODERATE 1.2 milesConveniently located in the campground near site 17, this trail is easily accessed. Descending a wooded ravine, the trail ultimately comes to a platform overlooking Fourteenmile Creek. Winding back up the hillside, the trail ends where it started, so its a short walk back to your campsite. Non-campers can enjoy this trail by parking in the overflow lot and hiking the .3-mile leg to the main loop.

6. RUGGED 2.3 milesThis scenic trail starts across the road from the Riverside Overlook and runs along the top of the river bluff. The bluff top offers glimpses of the Ohio River and Twelvemile Island, and overlooks the boat ramp. A bridge crosses a natural waterfall and descends to the old Charlestown Landing site, where locals used to send and receive goods by boat pre-1940s. From there it is a stroll back along the bluff bottom. Enjoy the towering bluffs. During spring, there is an abundance of wildflowers.

PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS.
Trail Map (pdf)
Area Attractions
Activities and Facilities

* Hiking Trails * Picnic areas w/shelters (Shelter Reservations) * Fishing, along 14 Mile Creek bank on Trail 3 * Playground Equipment * Camping * Interpretive Naturalist Services (seasonal)
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
64.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 26 One of my favorite parks.
May 13 Be aware of deer ticks
We recently camped in the park(our first visit)and found that the area in the campsites had not been mowed, the tick infestation was so terrible that we could not sit outside without multiple ticks getting on us , even with the use of personal spray. It was so bad that we left one day early. We were in a campsite with full hookups and was a fairly expensive venture. We also noticed when we arrived on Thursday the dumpsters were over-flowing with trash. They were not emptied until on a Friday night or Sat. We did enjoy the paved trails otherwise we were very dissapointed. With proper maintenance this could be a very nice campground.
October 4 First Time visit by Randy
Walked the trail by the river. Very quiet and peaceful. Neat cliffs and rock ledges. Several other trails available. Saw some old remenats of the old Charlestown Landing. Relax and watch the river traffic go by from either one of two viewing vistas on the river bank. Lots of parking and a boat launch. One trail was closed due to construction. Several old train cars left to rot. Great photo op.
June 8 Still a young park by Matthew
Charlestown State Park camping area lacks wooded lots as it is still very young. However they have full hookups and nice showering facilities. They have a few nice trails that are not to challenging. This is a good option to let the kids play and typically quiet with lots of free lots.


Area Campgrounds
Add-More Campground
2411 Add-More Campground
Clarksville, IN
812-283-4321
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
64.6 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
30.7 miles from park*
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