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.
Campground is kept clean, sites are average size.
Brown Brown County has always been the jewel of Indiana State Parks for Trail Riders. The campground is large, with spaces to accommodate larger rigs. Most of the sites also have electric hook-up, although water spigots are few and far between. Arrangements for the horses are Hit or Miss depending on what site you stay on. Some of the sites are well shaded, but others are out in the open in full sun. The shower house is in good condition, except that it has no ventilation, so the floors remain wet. The campground is notorious for flooding in heavy rains. We have had as much as 4 in of water draining through our campsite. Some of the tie up areas for the horses are muddy holes that never get enough sunlight to dry out completely. Also be aware that the road leading to the Horseman's camp crosses a creek several times, and in rainy weather there may be water over the road. The camping area for regular campers is beautiful and well maintained, but it seems that Park management is not interested in attracting horse campers. Many of the wooden fences in the camp, as well as tie posts and picnic tables are in poor repair.
There are 3 separate campgrounds in the park Buffalo Ridge, Raccoon, and Taylor Ridge. We stayed in Taylor which was dubbed "wooded" and the one I would most suggest. The others were pretty cleared out and too close together.
This campground is a must visit in Indiana. The views all around Brown County are breaktaking. While were were there we rode on a trail ride at the saddle barn. The horses were well trained and willing to let people ride them. We also went to a Raptor show that was put on at the nature center where we got to look at some interesting raptors.
We took our travel trailer on its maiden voyage to Brown County over Easter weekend. Even though it rained most of the time we really enjoyed ourselves. The bathrooms were clean, showers were hot and all the staff very friendly. We were able to see and do plenty of things with our 6 year old. He was extremely excited to be able to ride a horse. We will be back for sure! Nearby Nashville was a lot of fun as well!
I was very impressed with how clean and how well maintained the campground was. The mountainbike trails are fantastic, something for every skill level. Nashville is just down the road and has a lot of small shops to go through and a micro brew/distillery that has good beer and food.
The property is gorgeous, with lots of campsites. They aren't too close together. But on a busy weekend (basically any time during peak season) there are going to be SO MANY people there. Definitely not a back country experience. Still love this place.
The Campground here is Hugh ..with lots of sites to chose from!!!
This place is beautiful in the fall. Great campgrounds with lots of sites to choose from. Some can be small in size.
One of the more beautiful state parks I’ve stayed at.