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The hiking schedule has been updated for the 2014 season. Click here for currently scheduled hikes.

To receive a 3 day forecast from the Cannelton Locks and Dam, call (812) 547-2491.

View along the Ohio river in Perry County Indiana

On the Banks of the Ohio River...

Perry County Indiana is blessed with miles and miles of beautiful views of the majestic Ohio River.

The river has played an important part in the county's growth and development. It has transported goods and raw materials, served as a source of enjoyment to fishermen, boaters, skiers and those who simply bask in the soothing nature of its presence.

We invite you to come and enjoy our river and all it has to offer.

Visit and Enjoy Scenic Perry County Indiana

Welcome to Perry County, Indiana, where the rolling hills along the Ohio River provide amazing views of natural beauty at its best!  There is rich history, outdoor fun, and unique shopping and lodging.

An outdoor lover’s paradise, Perry County offers several boat ramps on the Ohio River providing ready access for boating and fishing. With nearly 60,000 acres of the Hoosier National Forest, the area provides a natural wonderland for adventures. There are also numerous lakes providing opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and much more.

The Ohio River National Scenic Byway runs through the county. It provides great bicycling and driving areas that take you through the small towns along the way telling the story of the river, the county, and the culture of the area. The Byway is a favorite destination for motorcycle enthusiasts and is a beautiful location for fall foilage viewing.

Perry County is a true four seasons destination offering numerous opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and leisure travel. Whether your tastes run to wineries, cabins, yurts, or anything involving nature and the outdoors, Perry County is for you. Come! Enjoy!

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Map indicating location of Perry County Indiana

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Bristow, Indiana, formerly Slabtown, was low and the area was very muddy. The slabs from the local saw mill were used to make roads and streets. The area was called Slabtown. Later the town
was named Bristow in honor of John James Bristow.

The first store was opened by Elisha S. Weedman. Thomas Miles Hotel was the home for main travelers.


Cannelton is the smallest incorporated city in the state of Indiana. It was formerly the county seat of Perry County until the seat was relocated to Tell City. The name Cannelton was adopted in 1844 is derived from the cannel coal that was once mined in the area.

The Cannelton Cotton Mill, built in 1849, was once the largest industrial building in the United States west of the Allegheny Mountains. It is now a National Historic Landmark.

The Cannelton Locks and Dam provides a 114-mile stretch of recreational water on the Ohio River between Cannelton and Louisville, Kentucky.

The Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 710 Memorial is 8 miles east of town off State Road 166.

Tell City...

Tell City traces its 150+ year old roots to a meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1856. A group of Swiss-German immigrants met there to organize a society known as the "Swiss Colonization Society." Its purpose was to obtain affordable homesteads for mechanics, shopkeepers, factory workers and small farmers in a location where all could live in harmony.

The Society decided to purchase a tract of land three miles square to be surveyed into a city plot. The group sent out to purchase the land was told to keep in mind a healthful climate, fertile soil, good water, ample timber, and a location near a navigable river and a railroad, if possible. Purchase of such a site was made in July 1857. The tract, containing 4,152 acres, was laid out in 392 town blocks with 7,328 building lots and 294 garden lots.

Initially called Helvetia, it was soon renamed Tell City, a name easier to pronounce and remember for English-speaking people. It was named for the legendary Swiss hero and liberator, William Tell.


Troy is the 2nd oldest town in Indiana.

The Christ of the Ohio statue is located on Fulton Hill overlooking the mighty Ohio River.