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
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 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
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