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Once a largely undeveloped portion of the huge (15,000-acre) Indiana Army Ammunition plant, Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana. The park is easily accessible, located 8 miles east of I-65, on State Road 62. With scenic vistas of the Fourteenmile Creek valley and the Ohio River, with elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with its rugged hills and deep ravines. 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.
Great views and kinda has that Chernobyl abandoned kinda feel to it. Wasn't too crowded but definitely saw a few other hikers. It's a hike from a parking lot to a bridge that takes you to an island on the Ohio river that used to have a amusement park on it in the mid thirties. Unique type of hike.
Stephanie R. on Charlestown State Park #2 Trail
great relaxing short trail. pretty easy, the waterfalls were all dried up when I went, but will definitely return during the spring.
I really liked this trail. There is a concrete walkway to the bridge and then it turns into an actual trail. I loved how it was a nice hike through the woods with a sudden transfer to a different terrain to finish out on. The only thing was that I left my windows cracked and came back to a car filled with stink bugs.
We enjoyed the trail but were disappointed that there was no water flowing from the waterfall areas. It was relatively dry with standing water. I would do it again if I was limited with time but I'll probably look at some of the other trails before coming back.
Overall an easy trail, hardest part was doing the uphill climb after it had rained for the last 3 days. There wasn't much to see aside from the stream that ran alongside the trail for a bit. There are no trail markers throughout this trail, and a couple of little side trails that could be confusing to someone who isn't used to it.