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Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is Indiana's largest state park

Near Historic Artists Colony of Nashville, Indiana

Indiana's favorite Getaway!

Brown County overnight lodging

Brown County Indiana State Park

Brown County State Park

Indiana's most popular state park located close to the historic artists colony of Nashville, Indiana

The Romantic Abbey Inn & Suites is right next door to Brown County State Park.
Couples only! King size beds and Private in-room HOT TUBS.

Brown County State Park

Abe Martin History

The Abe Martin Lodge is located in Brown County State Park. Named for the cartoon character in the Indianapolis newspaper in the early 1900's.

Abe Martin says, "You just can't go away hungry".

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Abe Martin Abe Martin has become a favorite son of Brown County and of the State Park which includes Weed Patch Hill and its surroundings. The Abe Martin Lodge commemorates his connection with the county.

For twenty-five years, from 1905-1930, "Abe Martin" was the mouthpiece for Kin Hubbard's daily quips in The Indianapolis News, which, accompanied by sketches of Abe and his friends in action, were syndicated across the nation. Hubbard was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and settled in Indianapolis, starting the Abe Martin Character in 1904. At first Abe Martin belonged to no particular locality, but on February 3, 1905, he announced,"I'm goin' ter move ter Brown County Tewmorrow," and the next day he was depicted in a wagon piled high with household goods.

His comment was, "By cracky, it's sum travelin' ter git ter Brown County." The reason for the move lay in the fact that the steep hills and the general "picturesque-ness" of that area lent themselves to humorous exaggeration and provided the material Hubbard liked for his pictorial backgrounds.

Gradually many of Abe's neighbors came into being, to appear in the pictures and text. The cottages of the Abe Martin Lodge in the Park bear the names of these characters.

Much of Hubbard's humor is as timely now as it was during its heyday, from 1905 to 1930. Will Rogers called Kin Hubbard " America's greatest humorist."

Hubbard's cartoons played a significant part in drawing the attention of artists and tourists to Brown County. They, in turn, have made the area world famous. In dedication to his memory, the Department of Natural Resources built Abe Martin Lodge in 1932 on Kin Hubbard Ridge, naming the cottages after his principle characters.

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park

Located in the beautiful hills of Brown County Indiana, off Highway 46, Brown County State Park is every Hoosier's favorite playground. you will enjoy the variety of outdoor activity choices offered here, throughout the county and in the Village of Nashville.

Nearby Nashville, Indiana, historic hoosier artists' colony, features quaint specialty shops, artist studios & craft galleries, historic homes, live theatre, music entertainment & fine dining.

A visit to T.C. Steele State Memorial or to Yellowwood State Forest make your visit to this tourist mecca complete.

Don't wait...visit soon...there is always something new in Brown County!

Brown County State Park: Midwest Mountain Biking Mecca

Brown County State Park


  • Bridle Trails & Saddle Barn
  • Family Cabins
  • Cultural Arts Programs
  • Dumping Station
  • Fishing / Ice Fishing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Abe Martin Lodge and Restaurant:
  • Nature Center / Naturalist Services
  • Picnicking
  • Playground Equipment
  • Rental-Recreation Building
  • Shelter Reservations
  • Swimming / Pool
  • Tennis
  • Camp Store
  • Camping:
  • Horsemen's Campground

Brown County State Park

Family Housekeeping Cabins in Brown County

Visitors can enjoy a family housekeeping cabin in Brown County State Park and throughout Brown County Indiana. Cabins offer privacy and comfort with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and modern bathroom facilities. Many have additional ammenities such as fishing ponds, hot tubs, pool tables and big screen TV's.

Choose from rustic or modern cabins at Brown County State Park or wonderful, private vacation homes in Nashville, Indiana and surrounding Brown County Indiana. Brown County Vacation Cabins can accommodate from two to twelve depending on location.

Cabins are very popular, so reserve early! Brown County's Abe Martin Lodge accepts reservations for their cabins.

To make reservations for private vacation homes, country inns and log cabins throughout Brown County, you can contact the individual owner or property manager.

Brown County Indiana Vacation Cabin Availability

Brown County State Park

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