Charlestown State Park

Charlestown State Park

I’ve been to Charlestown State Park to hike or go fishing several times. It’s a great place to go and appreciate the wooded nature and on the river bank comes with cliffs and some ridges. In some areas were once owned by U.S. Government during WWII era producing war-related products.

Fishing – My favorite fishing spot where I caught plenty of blue gills to make fish tacos would be on Trail #3 next to the bridge. There are other fishing spots along Ohio River which gives plenty of channel catfish. I do not recommend eating those. You could reel in over 50 lbs of catfish.

Hike – 6 different trials and the longest trail is 2.9 miles which is Trail #4 – my favorite trail because of variety of nature. If you go on Trail #3, you will encounter a walking bridge to go across the Fourteen Mile Creek where you will find Trail #7/Rose Island. Technically, it’s not an island. It’s a name of an amusement park that was destroyed by 1937 flood. Some landmarks are still there. Interesting fact about Fourteen Mile Creek is that it is 14 miles from Louisville to Rose Island but I need verification to make sure I am correct. And also with steamboat as a shuttle to Rose Island – it took 90-120 minutes one-way.

Wildlife – there are plenty of animals that you could find. The notable animal is whitetail deer that are all over the park at certain hours – usually from sunrise to 10a and from 4p to sunset. Please drive carefully when driving through the park because they could dart out of the woods into the street out of blue.

Camping – they have campgrounds and RV hookups. Go camp there and hike around the park.

Others – During festival for Charlestown or other nearby towns, they will have hot-air balloon glow and race. There are many activities that will be hosted at the park that is if you keep up with town’s current events.

For more info – Indiana DNR – Charlestown State Park

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Hiking on Trail #4

 

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Rose Island Amusement Park

 

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Swimming pool before 1937 flood

 

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Rose Island Entrance from dock-landing

 

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Rose Island Entrance from the bridge

 

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Family at Charlestown State Park walking across the bridge to Rose Island

 

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Ohio River from Rose Island