Hike Brown County

Hike Brown County

Brown County is a perfect destination for people who love hiking and the outdoors.  It is home to the largest (and most beautiful, we like to think) Indiana State Park, the Brown County State Park. There are a lot of options for hiking in Brown County, check them out below.

Brown County State Park Yellowwood State Forest Hoosier National Forest
Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines.

The forest’s 23,326 acres offer many recreation opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels. Offering three pristine lakes, hiking, horse trails, abundant wildlife. and primitive overnight campsites.

The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a favorite.

Knobstone Trail Tecumseh Trail Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve
The 48 mile Knobstone Trail is Indiana’s longest natural surface foot path. It is a popular backcountry trail that runs along high ridges which offer great views across the wooded hills of southern Indiana.

In terms of hills, the Tecumseh Trail is often considered a gentler version and training ground of the Knobstone Trail. This 42-mile trail was built by the HHC in 1998-2002, and begins at Morgan-Monroe State Forest Headquarters.

The dark shade of some of the moist, fern-covered hillsides offers respite during even the warmest of summer days. Hitz-Rhodehamel is a little known secret, a hidden gem that offers all the benefits of Brown County hiking without all the crowds.

eXplore Brown County Salt Creek Trail T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Over 30 miles of mountain bike trails that are open to hiking. Rugged trails with ups and downs and less flow.

The Salt Creek Trail is a beautiful paved trail that connects the Salt Creek Plaza to the Village of Nashville.
There are 5 short hiking trails on the T.C. Steele property.

 The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill Stone Head Nature Preserve  Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve
The Laura Hare Nature Preserve is a very primitive area with a 6 mile finished loop trail and old gravel service road. It is easy to rugged.  Wander around the groomed hiking trails on 122 acres at the Stone Head Nature Preserve.  Named for its towering 200-foot bluff over Beanblossom Creek, Trevlac Bluffs has two trails - a 2.6 mile (moderate) trail and a 0.7 mil (easy) trail.
  Browning Mountain  
  Browning Mountain, "Indiana's Stonehenge," is a 928 foot climb to the top of the hill.  

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