Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN, 47448
About Brown County State Park
Experience Indiana's largest state park! Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County State Park encompasses nearly 16,000-acres of rugged hills, ridges, and fog-shrouded ravines. The Brown County State Park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20-miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.
Inside the park, you'll find the rustic Abe Martin Lodge, which offers accommodations that include hotel rooms, cabins, dining, and conference facilities, along with an indoor water park. That's not all, the State Park is home to large campgrounds, fun hiking trails, nationally-recognized mountain biking trails, a saddle barn for guided horse rides, a horseman campground, and a Nature Center that offers programs and activities year-round.
Come see for yourself!
Trail 1: Lodge Trail, Moderate, (.9 mile)—Joins with Trail 2 for a short distance to return near the Abe Martin Lodge. Walk through land, wooded with oak, hickory, sassafras, beech and maple trees.
Trail 2: CCC Trail, Moderate, (2 miles)—Built with impressive stone bridges, stairways, and retaining walls. Starts and ends behind the Lodge. Passes near Lower Shelter and North Lookout Tower.
Trail 3: Saddle Barn Loop Trail, Moderate, (1.25 miles)—Traverses a variety of topography. Passes the Saddle Barn and Amphitheatre and returns to the Lodge. Varieties of ferns can be seen in the ravines and on the slopes.
Trail 4: Rally Campground Trail, Moderate, (1.25 miles)—Starts near the front of the Rally Campground and leads through upland terrain to a deep ravine at the headwaters of Ogle Lake. Joins Trail 7 for a short distance. Meets with Trail 5 at Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve.
Trail 5: Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve Trail, Rugged, (.75 mile)—This self-guided trail starts near the parking lot for the Rally Campground and follows a slope, wooded with yellowwood trees, before looping through the nature preserve and intersecting with Trail 4 from Ogle Lake.
Trail 6: Strahl Lake Trail, Easy/Rugged, (.75 mile)—Easy walk around Strahl Lake, but challenging .5 mile-spur to the Nature Center.
Trail 7: Ogle Lake Trail, Moderate, (1.5 miles)—A hilly, wooded hike along the shores of Ogle Lake.
Trail 8: HHC Trail, Moderate, (3.5 miles)—Extends East from the West Lookout, before continuing near Hesitation Point, and turning Southwest to the parking area at Ogle Lake and Trail 7. This trail was improved by volunteers from the Hoosier Hikers Council 2002-2007.
Trail 9: Taylor Ridge Trail, Rugged, (3.0/2.75 miles)—Starts near site 324 in the campground. Trail 9 travels up a ridge top beyond the campground, dropping into adjacent valley to follow a stream before looping back to the ridge top. There is no parking at the trail head. A 2.75-mile extension connects to Trail 7 near Ogle Lake.
Trail 10: Fire Tower Trail, Rugged, (2.2 miles)—Follows a ridge behind the Fire Tower before looping northward, crossing deep ravines and hilltops. Passes CCC Shelter.
Friends Trail, Easy—Short, easy, paved trail, with benches and a vista, all on flat terrain. Constructed by the Friends of Brown County State Park.
Discovery Trail, Moderate, (.5 mile)—Self-guided nature trail. Brochure available at the trail head at the South end of the Nature Center parking lot.
World-Class Mountain Bike Trails
Limekiln Trail (~2.2 miles) - A beginner trail and is often described as a roller coaster.
Pine Loop (~1.6 miles) - Offers moderate terrain and ups and downs. Great for kids and beginners. Intersects with the North Gate Trail.
North Gate Trail (~1.1 miles) - Connects with the North Tower Loop. It has some berms, small rock gardens, stream crossing, light turns, and some whoop-de-doos at the end. (This trail is more challenging than Pine Loop, but still classified as beginner).
Aynes Loop (~3.4 miles) and North Tower Loop (~3.9 miles) - Great for long rides with lengthy climbs and descents – a true Brown County experience.
Green Valley Trail (~5.0 miles) - Winds through scenic, rolling, green hillsides. A newer trail, one of the most remote trails in the park.
Schooner Trace (~4.1 miles) - A double-black diamond trail with hills, rocks, trees, roots, tight switchbacks and steep climbs. Combine this trail with Walnut Trail for a challenge.
Walnut Trail (~2.1 miles) - Begins at Hesitation Point and covers challenging terrain like rock gardens, tree roots, tight turn, and even a log jump. Recommended for advanced riders.
Hesitation Point Trail (~4.8 miles) - Offers gorgeous views at the top. Ridden as an out-and-back or a connector and is one of the most popular trails in the park.
Trail descriptions and information taken from http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm and http://www.friendsbcsp.org/
May Events at the Nature Center May 27, 2018
Bike Instructor Certification Program Jun 04, 2018
Sundance Midwest Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Camp Jun 08, 2018
Brown County Hilly Half Nov 10, 2018
First Day Hike Jan 01, 2019