Trip Ideas

Trip Ideas

A Brown County getaway, day trip or vacation is calling your name...

Brown County, Indiana is the perfect weekend getaway, day trip or family vacation destination. Offering everything from scenery and shopping to art and adventure, our destination provides an unforgettable experience. We are close to major interstates and highways, so getting here is easy. We're easy to find, but hard to leave!

Looking for a place to stay? Whether you need a large cabin for a family outing, a hotel located in the heart of the Village, or a secluded cabin in the woods for just the two of you, Brown County has what you’re looking for. Find your perfect place to stay here.

Adventure | Art | Back Roads & Hidden Gems | Bucket List | Fall in Brown County | Family Fun
History | Holiday | Rainy Day | Romance | Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries | Winter in Brown County

Brown County is full of all of your outdoor adventure needs! We are home to Indiana’s largest State Park, the Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest and the Hoosier National Forest. Try zip lining, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing and more. For all you golfers out there, set up a tee time at Salt Creek Golf Retreat and then grab some food and a beverage at the 19th Hole Sports Bar. 
The Village of Nashville is full of art shops and galleries. You will find even more studios and galleries tucked away in the hills of the county – many of which are open as long as the artists are home so give them a call before you head there! Be sure to visit when the Back Roads of Brown County Fall Driving Tours are going on. Here's a blog about a visitors experience during the 2014 Spring Tour! Stop by the Visitors Center and grab an Arts Village Brown County map and it will guide your way through the Village pointing out wineries, breweries, public art, historic sites, entertainment venues, studios and galleries all within walking distance. 


Back Roads & Hidden Gems
Thought there was enough to do within the walking Village of Nashville? Just wait - there's more! Drive the back roads and discover hidden gems. We have maps available for you at the Visitors Center. While you’re out, you’ll definitely want to check out The Farmhouse Café at the Flower and Herb Barn, Brownies Family Restaurant in Bean Blossom, the Gatesville Country Store and more – you never know what kind of hidden treasures you’ll find! 
Brown County Bucket List
Climb the Fire Tower in Brown County State Park • Eat some deliciously famous Brown County biscuits and apple butter from the Nashville HouseZip line through the trees on Indiana’s fastest, longest, and tallest twin racing zip line • Go mountain biking on some of Brown County’s top rated trails • Visit all of the local wineries, breweries and distilleries •Take a Sippin' Trip • Take a night ride on horseback at Schooner Valley Stables • Ride the Little Nashville Express Train  
Fall in Brown County
Famous for its beautiful fall foliage, Brown County is the perfect destination for a fall getaway. Whether it’s for a day, a weekend, or even an entire week, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this time of year. See the leaves in the heart of the Village as you admire Elder Heart’s unforgettable new “Soaring” leaf sculpture and browse other handcrafted art in one of the downtown shops. Want to get out and about? Take in the fall colors while traveling to local artists’ homes on the Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour. Completely immerse yourself in the natural beauty that’s all around on a Fall Colors Kayak Tour or buggy adventure and be sure to check out Brown County’s breathtaking vistas as you hike, bike, or drive your way through the State Park. Local pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and haunted trails also make for a great way to enjoy the fall season.   LEARN MORE.
Fun for the Whole Family
Venture to the Abe Martin Lodge in the State Park and take the kids swimming in the Aquatic Center. In the Village, do some gem mining and visit places like Nashville Fudge Kitchen and Carmel Corn Cottage and see how homemade fudge and flavored popcorn is made! Be sure to visit the Toy Chest for fun and unique toys! The kids will also love activities like horseback riding and zip lining. Enjoy dinner at Big Woods Pizza where mom and dad can enjoy a locally made craft beer while the kids dig in to some fresh, yummy pizza.  Jump to top
Take a tour of the Pioneer Village and Museum to see how things were done in Brown County in the early 1900s – you’ll even get to walk through the old two-story log jail built in 1879 and used until 1919. You won’t want to miss a trip to the HobNob Corner Restaurant; eat in what used to be the old Miller’s Drug Store back in 1873. Brown County is also home to two covered bridges
This year, make the holidays extra special for the entire family by spending them in Brown County! The quaint Village of Nashville twinkles with holiday lights and festive cheer. Some of our restaurants have buffet-style holiday dinners – enjoy a delicious holiday meal without the hassle of preparation and cleaning! Be sure to join the local community during the holiday light parade and toy drive. LEARN MORE.
Rainy Day
Visit the Nature Center at the Park and then swing over to the Aquatic Center in the Abe Martin Lodge for some fun indoor activities during the rain. The Brown County Playhouse shows movies on Thursdays, Sundays and some Fridays. As long as you have an umbrella or poncho (or you aren’t scared of rain) – go shopping! All of the shops in the Village are within walking distance so you won’t get rained on too much traveling from door-to-door.  
Lay down a blanket and have a romantic picnic in the State Park or if dining in is more your style, try the Farmhouse Café or Story Inn Restaurant and Still Tavern for a romantic meal for two. Take a carriage ride through the beautiful Village of Nashville. Save some time to relax and rejuvenate with a couples massage.  
Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Brown County is home to local microbrewery, Big Woods Brewing Company, where they brew beer right here in the heart of the Village (they also will serve you up some real yummy grub). We are also home to four wine tasting rooms located in the Village: Brown County Winery, Cedar Creek Winery and Chateau Thomas Winery, and Salt Creek Winery. Don't forget about Bear Wallow Distillery. Take a tour and taste their handcrafted artisanal distilled spirits.  Jump to top
Winter in Brown County
Avoid the winter blues with a trip to Brown County. There are still plenty of events, attractions, and things to do in Brown County even during the winter months. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping in the Village of Nashville and admire one-of-a-kind handmade creations guaranteed to get your mind off the chilly weather. Warm up with some tasty drinks and hearty home cooking at one of Nashville’s unique restaurants and coffee shops. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at the Ethereal Day Spa and Salon or get out and about at the State Park. Hike, bike, zip line, and horseback ride all year long in Brown County and be sure to check out Brown County's Annual Winter in the Woods that takes place annually during Martin Luther King weekend.

For more ideas and suggestions on things to do while you’re here, contact the Visitors Center during regular hours at 812.988.7303.

Brown County, Indiana

No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.

Brown County Indiana: Escape Comes Naturally