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.
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.
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