“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.”
“Clark State Forest, established in 1903, is the oldest state forest in Indiana. The original appropriations to purchase a 2,000 acre tract took place during the administration of Governor Winfield Durbin. In the ensuing 96 years, additional acquisitions have increased this area to the present 24,000 acres. Much of this land was originally part of Clark’s Grant, lands provided by a clause in the Virginia Cession of Claims to the Northwest Territory on December 20, 1783.
Clark State Forest was used as an experimental forest for many years, early in the development of forestry into a science and profession. More than 150 experimental tree plantings, established from 1905 through 1935, can still be observed in many areas throughout the forest.”
With a dozen parks, an amphitheater, an aquatic center, a golf course, sports complexes and programs and classes, Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department provides opportunities for enriching the lives and meeting the recreational needs of Clarksville citizens and visitors. The town offers one of the larger public parks in the metropolitan area, Lapping Park, which hosts the Wooded View Golf Course, the Endris Lodge and a number of trails, some of which parallel Silver Creek. The parks department also operates the Clarksville Community Center which offers structured programming for adults and youth. The town operates 11 parks in addition to its award-winning aquatic center.
“Deam Lake is forest property designed for recreational activities. Under the multiple use concept, a variety of compatible activities are available. These include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and hunting in designated areas. The 194-acre lake was constructed in 1965 and was named in honor of Charles Deam, Indiana’s first state forester. Deam is best known for his book, Trees of Indiana, a comprehensive study of trees throughout the state. He was also instrumental in getting land set aside for what is now the Department of Natural Resources.”
Visitors can enjoy the 28 city parks, community buildings, gazebos, open shelters and softball fields. The Jeffersonville Aquatic Center & Skate Park features a 6-lane, 50-meter competition pool, a 6-lane, 25 yard competition and lap pool, zero depth entry family play pool, two water slides, sand volleyball and play area, large deck for sun bathing, full service concessions, separate family locker room, paved walking trail, and a skate park. Click Here for rates, hours, and party rental information.
“Creating community through parks, programs, and the people we serve” is the mantra of the New Albany Parks and Recreation Department. The New Albany Parks & Recreation Department strives to enrich the quality of life and well-being of the city’s citizens, visitors, and future generations by creating opportunities for each to learn, grow, and play through use of various parks and recreation programs. The vision is to continuously improve and plan for future growth and expansion of city parks, special use venues, facilities, open spaces, walking trails, and recreational programs.