Connecting the environment of the ancient past with the natural and cultural history of yesterday and today.



FFA Conference Attendees

Coral beds and the Louisville skyline


Located a five minutes from downtown Louisville, the Falls of the Ohio State Park is the perfect place to see fossils and nature, and learn about the history of the area. We will schedule roving naturalists during FFA.

  • Explore an ancient seafloor that predates dinosaurs by 200 million years.
  • Learn about George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War hero who helped secure territory from the British.
  • Visit the George Rogers Clark home site and see where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met and recruited the core of the Corps of Discovery members for the famous expedition.
  • Look for bald eagles, osprey, herons and egrets from the deck of the Interpretive Center.
  • The Interpretive Center is currently closed for new exhibit installation. The nearest public rest room is at Ashland Park, 1/2 mile east on Riverside Drive.

Cost to park in the lot behind the Interpretive Center is $2 per vehicle.

Call 812-280-9970 or email for more information.

Getting Here

Walk from downtown over the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge - distance is four miles.

We are easily reached from the Second Street Bridge or I-65 / Kennedy Bridge at exit 0. See out Visitor Information link (top of page) for detail directions. Traffic during non-rush hour times (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) is not congested, in spite of the bridge construction.

Fossil beds as seen from the Interpretive Center deck.

View of the fossil beds from the deck by the Interpretive Center.

Created September 24, 2014, Updated June 12, 2015