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Charlestown State Park
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Park Overview

Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana, by the banks of the Ohio River. It offers a large expanse of natural area, featuring rugged hills, a diverse array of wildlife, and remnants of a historic Indiana Army Ammunition Plant. The park's proximity to Louisville, Kentucky, makes it a popular destination for both Indiana residents and visitors from across the state border.

Camping Facilities

The park boasts a modern campground with numerous amenities:

  • Campsites: The campground includes sites with electric hookups, as well as non-electric sites for those looking for a more rustic experience.
  • Restrooms: Restroom facilities with hot showers are available for campers.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Each campsite typically comes with a picnic table and a fire ring for cooking and campfires.
  • Playground: There is a playground available in the camping area for children.
  • Dump Station: The campground is equipped with a sanitary dump station for RVs and trailers.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites can be reserved in advance through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reservation system, which is recommended, especially during peak seasons.
  • Fees: A fee is charged for camping, with rates varying depending on the type of campsite and the time of week. Indiana residents are typically charged a lower rate compared to non-residents.

Hiking and Trails

Charlestown State Park has multiple trails ranging from easy to rugged. These trails offer great opportunities to explore the park's diverse ecology and views of the Ohio River. Some of the trails lead to sites such as the remains of Rose Island, a 1920s amusement park.

Wildlife and Natural Attractions

  • Flora and Fauna: The park provides habitat for a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, squirrels, and numerous bird species. It is also home to a rich array of plant life, including wildflowers and trees indigenous to the Indiana Uplands.
  • Fishing: The Ohio River offers plenty of opportunities for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species like bass, bluegill, and catfish.

Park Rules and Regulations

  • Fires: Fires are permitted only in designated fire rings or cooking grills.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park and campgrounds, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length and be properly managed at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours typically from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption may be restricted within the park. It's important to check the current regulations before planning your trip.


Charlestown State Park is committed to providing enjoyment for all guests. Facilities include accessible campsites and restrooms, although it's advisable to confirm specific needs when making a reservation.

Nearby Attractions

  • Clark State Forest: Offering additional trails and hunting opportunities.
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park: Featuring an interpretive center showcasing the world's largest exposed Devonian fossil bed.

Contact Information

For more details about the park, current conditions, and assistance:

  • Address: Charlestown State Park, 12500 IN-62, Charlestown, IN 47111, United States
  • Phone: Visitors can contact the park office for the latest information before their trip.

Before visiting Charlestown State Park, it's a good idea to check for any alerts or changes to the park's operations that might impact your trip, especially in light of evolving public health guidelines. Always be prepared with the necessary supplies, respect park guidelines, and practice Leave No Trace principles to maintain the park's natural beauty for all to enjoy.

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