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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.

Nice trail with some good views of the river and a waterfall. We went the day after a decent rain and the trail was very slick in some spots. Best trail in the park, imho.

Prepare for a bit of a steep incline at first then it levels off and descends. We thought is was a very nice casual hike for an experienced hiker. It is $9 out of state and $7 for residence to enter park.

Not a bad little trail, though not the most interesting scenery. Still, it's enjoyable and I will go on it again.

I consider it to be a little harder than trail #2.

Definitely a pleasant trail in an unexpected location. It's pretty for an Indiana trail. It is also just the right length and has just enough scenic variety and difficulty to make it a good trail for when you wish to hike something more than just a short, easy trail.

Shade covers all but a few short sections of the trail, so it should still be pleasant during hot days. As always, bring some water.

While stopping to enjoy the sites and to take some pictures, it took about an hour, though less time should be more than doable.

LOVED IT! Great trail got to explore the creek a bit.

I'm a local and hiked this for the first time and found it to be a nice trail. I like hiking and while there is some elevation change on this trail, I personally do not find it to be all that difficult. If you're not in good shape that may be different for you. It is a mostly tree covered trail which makes it nice and cool on a hot summer day. The best part of this trail is jumping off onto Rose Island. When you see the bridge, cross it and you are at Rose Island. This is an old resort that used to have an amusement park, swimming pool, dancing hall, zoo, and restaurant for people that took a steam ship from Louisville to reach it in the 1930's. It is a very interesting place with lots of signage to tell you how it used to be. Views along the Ohio are decent from this island.

Fine hike. First time to the park. Didn't look at the website prior to going, and was surprised by the $9 non-resident parking fee...

1 month ago

My 10 yo boys and I liked checking out the historical information about Rose Island. Cool hike.