Indiana’s Rose Island at Charleston State Park

Charleston State Park's Rose Island kiosk sign.

 The sign describes the recreation area at Rose Island that was abandoned after the great flood of 1937. Photo: Kevin Lee McIver

Charleston State Park near Charleston, Indiana, affords day hikers, picnickers, fisherman, campers, and historians many opportunities to explore.

Some 13 miles of trails rated easy to rugged ensure hikers can do a leisurely mile to combining several trails that include fairly steep climbs through the hills overlooking the Ohio River.

For historians and those just wanting a glimpse into the past, you can walk down to Rose Island. Rose Island was a famous recreation area near Louisville.

During the summer months, thousands of visitors were transported via paddle-boat steamers to the site that included a hotel, cottages, dance hall, and even an outdoor “in-ground” swimming pool.

Author Kevin Lee McIver at Charleston State Park in Indiana

Author Kevin Lee McIver at Charleston State Park in Indiana

During your walk down at Rose Island, you can read information at well-marked locations along the path and even turn the hand-crank which powers an audio version.

audio kiosk

Audio kiosk along the Rose Island trail. A crank of the handle and push of the button allows visitors to listen to history of the area. Photo: Kevin Lee McIver

Overall, the state park is an excellent day trip for locals or for those out-of-towners wanting to experience American history.

Kevin Lee McIver


Useful Links:

Charleston State Park

Indiana Campground Reservations

Indiana Tourism Information

Rose Island History (Wikipedia)

Local media story on Rose Island (WDRB)

Video on YouTube posted by a visitor


Glider Flight – Soaring above Kentucky

Glider on the airfield in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Glider on the airfield in Bardstown, Kentucky.






Groovy Outdoors team lead takes to the Kentucky skies aboard a glider with the Louisville Soaring Club. Be sure to watch the video below.

Here are some great links:

See you in the great outdoors!

Kevin Lee McIver

Websites for Outdoor Recreation


If you are unsuccessfully searching the web for outdoor recreation information, then start with

This site features all the federal government’s recreation sites including camping, cabins, parks, picnic shelters, lakes, beaches and more. You can also review photographs and maps, in addition to viewing available sites by date and booking online. 

Be sure to create an account at the site as it will speed booking your next outdoor adventure.
For more information visit

Kevin Lee McIver

Survival Tip: Choose Gerber Survival Gear

If you are looking for rugged, reliable and proven survival knives and related gear, then check out the highly useful items at Gerber.

This isn’t the line of quality baby food, but time-tested high-quality equipment made in the U.S.A.

In fact, many years ago I carried a Gerber Mark II Commando Knife as a U.S. Army Ranger (2/75 RLTW). Today, I continue to carry many items when backpacking the great outdoors including a Gerber folding knife, sheath knife, and fire starter. These are not bulky items, but compact outdoor gear that are easily carried.

You can rely on the Gerber name, so check out their latest line-up at Gerber Gear. Also, let us know what you think about Gerber and other outdoor gear by sending us a note and a photo.

Here are some more survival tips:

Kevin Lee McIver

Author & Pro-Team Staff

Best caliber for hunting Deer?

I have been asked this many times over the years. It might be a .30-.30 in the Georgia woods or a .270 along the cornfields of Iowa. What is most important is the skill of the hunter with that rifle. Check out my hunting stories for a great article on this topic.

Kevin Kee McIver

Fed web helps plan your next adventure

Good web to recon outdoor sites such as cabins, camping, lakes, beaches, and other options is where you can even book online. We have used a few times and like the feature to see what is available by date. So check it out and send us a note and photo about your experience.

Kevin Lee McIver

Alaska cabin rentals

Alaska travel tip: Rent a Forest Service cabin for under $40 a nite.

Read more about Alaska at

Alaska Travel Tip

Here is a great Alaska Travel Tip for getting a choice seat or table on an Alaskan ferry when you have two or more people traveling together and you are taking a vehicle.

First, one drives vehicle onboard while the others walk on to secure seating/table in the lounge. Walk on passengers board prior to the vehicle loading and it takes a while to get the vehicles onboard and then get your gear out of the vehicle and to the seating area or cabin. So this way you get a seat or table with a view and a perfect location on the ship.

More great tips and techniques can be read in my new eBook for Mac and iPad and available from the iBook Store: Alaska Via Inside Passage.

You can also sign up to follow my blog at my author website at

Lastly, I am providing 100 free copies of my new eBook Alaska Via Inside Passage to those readers who sign up this week to follow my blog. Remember, the eBook is available for Mac and iPads only due to its interactive content and video.

Keep traveling!

Kevin Lee McIver, Author

Video Trailer from new Alaska Travel eBook

Alaska Travel Book in Multimedia Format Released on iBook Store

Cover of new ebook Alaska Via Inside Passage by Kevin Lee McIver

Cover of new ebook Alaska Via Inside Passage by Kevin Lee McIver

Kevin Lee McIver releases latest eBook available on the Apple iTunes titled Alaska via Inside Passage. The book is a pure multimedia electronic publication with embedded video trailer, photo galleries, and interactive widgets.

In remote places like Alaska where few roads exist, ships carry much of the freight to sustain life. From bringing independent travelers to experience the rugged outdoors to carrying food and dry goods, ships are the lifeblood of Alaska. Alaskans also use the Alaska Marine Highway System instead of flying to remote villages because it is less weather dependent.

It is the Alaska Marine Highway System that operates the bulk of the ships to meet the transport needs of the state. In this eBook, Kevin walks readers through traveling aboard ferries for the unique Alaskan travel experience. Available on the iBookstore for Mac computers and iPad devices. Buy your copy today

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