Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County Indiana camping encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest 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.
The park’s rustic Abe Martin Lodge offers accommodations that include motel rooms, cabins, dining and conference facilities and an indoor water park. Brown County camping, hiking, mountain biking, interpretive services, a saddle barn for guided horse rides, and a separate horseman campground with 70 miles of horse trails are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year-round.
During the summer, pool hours may change because of weather and staffing. Please contact the property office for exact times before your visit.
We went camping with a bunch of friends, two campers and two tents. Had a great time, bathrooms were clean, kids had fun. The fall months are crazy busy. Not all lots are truly great for tents and the backs of some lots can have a super steep drop off since the camp grounds have a higher elevation so that made me a bit nervous camping with s kids. Lots of great hiking trails, a nature center, public pool, small market, horse trails and water views.
This is our go-to when we want a fun weekend, but don't want to go far. The campgrounds are gorgeous, with lots of shady spots, and some awesome trails, including two around the two lakes in the park. Nashville is only a 5 minute drive from the campgrounds, and it's a blast going to all of the different shops and restaurants located in town.
I didn’t want to leave. Everything was clean, good trails and friendly faces everywhere.
We love it here. We always stay in “Taylor’s Ridge” Campgrounds are nice, plenty of dump stations and water fill stations. Hiking trails are great! This is a regular stop for us.
Not a bad park. No paved sites. Built on ridges, so all sites have a slope of some sorts.
$9 non-resident entrance fee plus $30 (and taxes). For a Thursday night the place was filling up fast for the weekend. ATT & Verizon signals were weak, but usable. Did not use the facilities, so no comment on them.
Would return for a night over, but certainly not a destination.
Brown County (BC) campground is very popular and frequently full in the summer. We recently stayed in spot 203 in the Taylor Ridge loop, which is an electric site. There are many sites in the area, but this site is more private than most as it backs up to the ravine. It was a large site. All sites have fire rings with grate and picnic table. Most sites have gravel driveways but some are paved. The Indiana State Parks Reserve America site indicates the driveway grade. Our site was labeled as "slight" and required just a little bit of leveling for our trailer (small teardrop). Some sites have a much more severe grade, and some trailers looked a bit precariously parked due to the grade.
Bathrooms are so-so in the BC campgrounds. There are vault toilets and modern restrooms with showers. Showerheads could really use a descale. Water temperature was great, not too hot or too cool. The modern restrooms were cleaned once per day, pretty thoroughly. 1-ply toilet paper.
BC has three campground areas, Buffalo Ridge, Raccoon Ridge, and Taylor Ridge. Buffalo Ridge is pretty much an open field but has the nicest restrooms. It's also right near the entrance and campstore, so it's busy with lots of comings and goings at all hours. No shade, no privacy.
Raccoon Ridge is semi-wooded and smaller. It is a loop off of the main road so you don't get as much traffic driving by all of the time. Taylor Ridge follows a long ridge (hence the name), so sites are mostly side by side along the main road. A drawback to this is you get the main road traffic driving by most sites. A plus to this is you don't have people to all sides of you, just left and right (for most of the sites).
There is a mountain bike trail and a hiking trail that connect right off of the Taylor Ridge campground. You can hike for miles connecting to the various Brown County trails.
There is a pool, inn, several playgrounds, nature center, and a fire tower in the park. Many of these things were closed due to coronavirus, but will reopen at some point.
BC has recently redone several of its accessible sites and they looked really nice.
BC gets four stars for me because there is a lot to do in the park and the campground isn't that bad. There are much nicer campgrounds in the region, but they don't have the other recreational amenities BC has.
Brown County State Park is near Nashville….Indiana. Much smaller then the famous one, however a lot to see and to do. Excellent area to explore. The campground is well set up. The sites are nice size and level-ish. The facilities are newer and older depending on where your at in the park. They are well maintained though. There are a bunch of trails that are shared by horse back riders , bikers and hikers so be aware as you drive and move around the park.
The Campground is on top of the Ridgeline. When we pulled in it was raining and there was smoky mist hanging over the forests. We set up camp and since there were no bugs first week of October we slept with the screen open on the tent. There is a new pit toilet by our campsite which was very clean. We didn't bother with showers because we are stinky mountain bikers. So I can't comment on the shower house. The ranger told us that all the deer had been killed by over hunting in the park, but when we drove back to the Campground after dinner there was a whole herd of deer hanging out at the camp ground. He also showed us how to find paw paw fruit in the woods which taste like a cross between a banana and a peach. Delicious. We only camped two nights but we had a lovely time. We rode the trails which were surprisingly dry and fun. We wanted to ride the flow trail HogsHollow but we didn't know how to get back up the mountain. It's 5.5 miles down and I'm not in good enough shape to climb back up. So maybe next time we go we can call for an Uber since it turns out it is available there. There is supposed to be 200 miles of singletract trails in the area plus horse trails. There is a horse barn for trail rides and also a horse camp. There is a lodge there too but I didn't have time to see it. Also a swimming pool and nature center. The town of Nashville is right there with lots of artsy shops and restaurants in rustic buildings. There are numerous hotels and a music venue and a playhouse. Something for everyone. Unfortunately the bike shop right outside the park went out of business. Can't wait to go back.
The hiking trails here are awesome! Something for every level! The campground is pretty and spacious. Very peaceful. Great for just day trips as well.
This campground is huge! It has a ton of spots. We got a group of spots pretty far back so it was a bit of a drive through the campground. We went on multiple walks and my 2 year old loved it! They have a few playgrounds, including one nestled back a little bit in the trees. The nature center was cool for all of the kids and even adults and the views were just beautiful! We will definitely be back. Would love to make a trip in October when the leaves have changed next year!