Winter Hiking

Brown County's Best-Kept secret

It’s a safe, fun way to relieve cabin fever … and pandemic fatigue!

Thousands of acres of pristine wilderness beauty can be all yours on a refreshing winter hike in Brown County!

Savor scenic vistas and less crowded trails. Enjoy great exercise and mood-boosting endorphins. Relieve cabin fever and pandemic fatigue while staying safe. The benefits of hiking in this winter wonderland are endless!

And with more than 30 to choose from, there’s a trail perfect for everyone in this year-round playground. Start planning your visit before winter melts away!

Ogle Lake

Beginners looking for an easy stroll will enjoy the mix for forest and water along the scenic 1.2 mile Ogle Lake Trail 7 loop in the Brown County State Park.

Walnut Trail

Take in a breathtaking sunset after hiking the 3.8 mile Walnut Trail to the top of picturesque Hesitation Point in Brown County State Park.

Laura Hare Nature Preserve

Roam quiet hills and valleys and cross a few small streams along the intermediate 5.6-mile Downey Hill Full Loop in the Laura Hare Nature Preserve.

Yellowwood State Forest

Sustained climbs up long narrow ridgelines will get your heart pumping on the 4.8-mile Scarce O’Fat Trail in Yellowwood State Forest, but the views from High King Hill are worth the effort.

Hoosier National Forest

Avid hikers will love the challenge of the 15.9-mile Nebo Ridge Trail in Hoosier National Forest, a true backcountry trek with rolling terrain, rocky sections and a major ridge to conquer.

Stay the night in Brown County

From log cabins and charming cottages to quaint B&Bs and classic inns, you’ll find plenty of unique places to rest your legs and replenish your strength for a hike the next day.

Heated Patio Season

The temperatures may have dropped, but a few of our local dining establishments have kept their patios open with patio heaters, or even heated igloos, to keep you warm and toasty in the cold!

Fried biscuits with apple butter. Authentic BBQ. Craft beer. Apothecary cocktails. All to be enjoyed outdoors this winter season!