Brown County State Park, Indiana
Desription of the location, accommodations, and recreational activities of Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana.
Brown County State Park is located in the beautiful hills of southern Indiana off of Highway 46 near Nashville, Indiana. It is the largest of Indiana's State Parks and offers more than 15,000 acres of rolling hills, scenic wood, and 20 miles of roads to travel. Weed Patch Hill has an elevation of 1,058 feet and is one of the highest points in Indiana.
Park guests may choose to stay at the Abe Martin Lodge that was built in 1932. It was constructed of hand-hewn native stone and oak timbers that were cut from the park. The Main Lodge features two large lobbies with two fireplaces. A rustic Non-Smoking dining room is located in the Lodge and it does not serve or sell any alcoholic beverages. The Main Lodge has 30 rooms and there is also an addition that was added later with 54 additional rooms. Housekeeping Cabins offer privacy and comfort with bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. There are 20 of these cabins and guests enjoy the conveniences of having linen service and kitchen utensils available during their stay.
The Abe Martin Lodge offers a variety of recreational activities and programs all year long. Horse & Carriage rides are offered on weekend nights from June through October and musicians often entertain guests in the lobbies of the Lodge during winter months. On selected weekends, local artists and craftspeople display their talents in the Annie Nugent Lobby. Morning and evening hikes leave from the Lodge once a week during the summer and fall months. In October, the Lodge hosts a Halloween Bash and also hosts an annual New Year's Eve Party as well. On selected weekends, local artists and craftspeople display their talents in the Annie Nugent Lobby.
The park has two campgrounds with over 650 sites of all types for outdoor enthusiasts wish to stay overnight in a more rustic setting. A camp store and dumping station are available as well. Some of these sites have access to electrical and water hookups as well as nearby showers and restrooms. Many offer picnic tables, fire rings, and a drinking water supply in the area. Rally camps and horseman's campsites are available, too.
The park itself offers hiking and bridle trails, saddle barn, camping, family cabins, fishing, ice fishing, hiking, picnic areas, playground equipment, swimming, tennis and more. Meeting room and conference facilities are available and visitors can also reserve shelters or a recreation building. The park has a nature center and natural services. During the summer months there are various cultural arts programs.
Nearby Nashville, Indiana offers quaint specialty shops, historic homes and art galleries as well as the T.C. Steele State Memorial and Yellowwood State Forest.