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The Ohio River Greenway (formerly known as the Clarksville Levee Trail) winds through Clarksville, Indiana, on top of the levees designed to hold back the Ohio River in the event of rising water. Trail users might want to begin their trek at the Interpretive Center at Falls of the Ohio State Park on W. Riverside Drive, which overlooks the massive 390-million-year-old exposed fossil bed in the Ohio River. This stretch was once the site of a series of rapids that were notably the only navigational hazard on the nearly 1,000-mile long river.
To the north of the Interpretive Center, the trail follows the levee; you may be surprised at the wide expanse of land up there, and the noticeable height difference between the levee and the surrounding homes and forest. At Bailey Avenue, trail users must share the lightly-traveled neighborhood road with cars for two blocks before the off-road route resumes. Just south of Midway Park and the Clarksville Wastewater Treatment Plant, a direct connection to the eastward-running Clarksville Heritage Trail is provided. The short rail-trail will lead you closer to the heart of Clarksville.
Past the trail connection, the Ohio River Greenway ends in Midway Park, which features a walking path and open space. A short distance north of the park, the trail meets an abandoned CSX railroad corridor, awaiting its transformation into another vital link in Clarksville’s trail network.
Parking for the Ohio River Greenway can be found at Midway Park off Browns Station Way/Old Indiana 62. In the south, park at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center off W. Riverside Drive or at the lot along the Ohio River less than 0.5 mile to the southeast.
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