Need to break away from the daily grind? Unplug from the world and recharge your battery at these tranquil parks and paths.
Visit These Parks for a Peaceful Getaway
Did you know there are four state park recreation areas in Clark and Floyd counties? You’ll find trails, lakeside vistas, fishing holes, camping spots and picnic areas at Clark State Forest, Deam Lake, and Charlestown State Park.
Falls of the Ohio State Park is known for its exposed Devonian-era fossil beds and renovated Interpretive Center. But did you know it’s also home to the Woodland Loop Trail and a national wildlife conservation area? Stroll the grounds, find a nearby picnic spot, then watch for the birds that frequent the river’s edge: oriole, heron, kingfisher and the majestic bald eagle.
Charlestown State Park’s six marked trails—some more rugged than others—are lined with wildflowers and great views of Fourteen Mile Creek and the Ohio River. You’ll find the Rose Island exhibit near Trail 3. Take a serene walk back in time as you tour the once-grand 1920s amusement park grounds to see remains of its entrance, fountain and swimming pool.
New Albany, Jeffersonville and Clarksville have green municipal parks and trails that provide cool shade for an impromptu picnic or quiet reading spot.
Walk or Ride to Relieve Stress
The Ohio River Greenway is 7.5 miles of paved pathway that runs alongside the Ohio River. Soak up some sun with a morning jog or an afternoon bike ride along the water’s edge. The picturesque views alone will calm and relax you! On your walk or ride, stop at Ashland Park in Clarksville along the Greenway for a beautiful view of Louisville’s skyline and don’t forget to bring your camera.
For an energy-booster, bike across the Ohio on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, a 1-mile trip from Jeffersonville’s Big Four Station Park to Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Bicycle rentals are available at nearby Widow’s Walk Ice Creamery or Wheel Fun Rentals. Walk the bridge at daytime and watch mighty river barges pass underneath your feet. At night, feel the calm breeze as you pause to gaze at Louisville’s spectacular city lights shine across the water.
At the base of Big Four Bridge, enjoy a frozen yogurt or light snack from Pearl Street Treats at Big Four Station Park. The park’s pavilion, picnic tables, and gently rolling hills are great spots to sit back and take it easy. Remember, downtown Jeffersonville restaurants are within walking distance from Big Four Station. Wind down and dine with family and friends at a cozy gastropub, riverside restaurant or elegant bistro—what a great way to end a relaxing day!
Southern Indiana is home to a variety of exciting outdoor recreational activities for you to enjoy when visiting.
For more ways to unplug in SoIN, try berry picking at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards or a round of golf at any of our gorgeous courses.