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.
I make multiple visits here every year, mainly for the mountain bike trails. There are almost 30 miles of trails inside the park with new trails every year for the past 3+ years. Connectivity to Yellowwood and Hoosier National Forest is also available for those adventurous individuals with lots of gas in the bike tank. From beginner to expert, some trail for everyone at this location. Lots tend to be smaller in size with most activity happening up front in Buffalo Ridge, close to general store, water and trails. For more secluded and wooded setting, chose Taylor Ridge (careful with larger RV's) Typical Indiana campground with basic comfort stations. Negatives include no beaches or water sports for such a large park, no WIFI (unplug and enjoy!) and lack of shade on up front sites. Close proximity to antique and quaint town of Nashville with many shops and a few restaurants. Definitely try Big Woods Pizza and Quaff-On Brewery! Lots of hiking and scenic overlooks! One of my Indiana favs!
It’s a nice big state park with water and trails and rolling hills. In the fall it’s almost as good as New England (almost). The facilities are very nice for a state park, including sports courts, pool, fire tower, nature center, hot clean showers, watercraft rentals. There are at least five different areas to stay plus a big modern hotel/lodge. The rangers gave us some great recommendations for dinner in the nearby town too.