Rose Island Amusement Park was a popular destination in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Families would board steamboats in surrounding cities – Louisville KY, Madison IN, Henderson KY – and cruise down the Ohio River for a fun day at the park. A wooden roller coaster, ferris wheel, a black bear named Teddy Roosevelt – Rose Island had it all. The entire park was destroyed in the 1937 flood – 10 feet of water covered the park, and it was never rebuilt.
Today, the land is part of Charlestown State Park, and Trail 7 leads you through the Rose Island area, with educational elements along the way.
Clark State Forest is located outside of Henryville in northern Clark County, Indiana. It is the oldest state forest in Indiana, and remains one of the few completely free properties in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources system. Inside the forest are several lakes, White Oak Nature Preserve, picnic areas, a primative campground, horse & hiking trails, and a public shooting range.
For more information on Clark State Forest, visit IN DNR: Clark State Forest.