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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 Playground

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Brown County Indiana State Park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is Indiana's most popular state park located close to the historic artists colony of Nashville, Indiana

Brown County State Park

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in Brown County State Park located near Nashville, Indiana

Brown County State Park is the largest Indiana State Park. This nationally known 15,696 acre facility first opened to the public in 1929.

On June 1, 1934, the Veteran's Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1557 began its work. The planting of black locust, black walnut, various pines and spruces gave nature a helping hand in healing extreme erosion. The CCC workers also built many of the existing buildings, shelters, picnic tables, ovens, roads, trails and the two log lookout towers. They cleared most of the vistas along the park's roadway and built Ogle Lake in 1934-35. Strahl Lake was built earlier, around 1929.

ogle lake For those who would rather see the park on foot or horseback, many miles of well-marked trails are available. About 70 miles of bridle trails and over 12 miles of hiking trails lead through the steep, forested hills. The roadless southwestern and eastern parts of the park can be visited only by foot or horseback. The Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, within the park, contains an attractive self-guiding nature trail, which describes natural aspects of the park.

The varied facilities of Brown County State Park make possible enjoyable outdoor experiences for people with a wide range of tastes and preferences. Brown County State Park has not only attracted millions of individual tourists and families over the years, but has hosted many special evnts as well. Camping groups, horsemen's oganizations and archery tournaments are some of the past attractions. In 1987, Brown County served as the location of the Cycling Road Race for the 10th Pan American Games.

Some trails in the park are quite steep and involve stairs, others are handicap accessible.

A list of Brown County Indiana lodgings near the Park.

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1. (.9 mile/ easy) Joins with Trail 2 for a short distance to return to near Lodge. Leads through wooded land where oak, hickory, sassafras, beech and maple may be observed.

2. (2 miles/ moderate) Leads past North Overlook and passes several large trees in the park. Circles to join with Trails 1 and 3 to return to Lodge. The native white-tailed deer can occasionally be seen on this trail.

3. (1.25 miles/ moderate) An interesting trail to observe a variety of topography. Passes saddle barn and amphitheatre to return to the lodge. Varieties of ferns can be seen in the ravines and on the slopes.

4. (1.25 miles/ moderate) Start near the end of Ogle Ridge campground and leads through upland terrain to a deep ravine at the headwaters of Ogle Lake. Connects trails5 and 7.

5. (.75 mile/ rugged) A self-guided nature trail through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve. This trail starts near paved park road north of rally campground and continues down a wooded slope, where yellowwood trees exist. Returns near the rally campground. Connects with Trail 4. The pileated woodpecker has been observed in the area through which this passes.

6. (1.75 miles/ moderate) Encircles Jimmie Strahl Lake where the hiker may enjoy an easy walk around the lake and return to the point of origin near the dam. Connecting spur to Nature Center.

7. (1.5 miles/ moderate) This trail enables the hiker to explore the shores of Ogle Lake while in a hilly, wooded habitat. Here also, pileated woodpeckers have been known to nest.

8. (3.5 miles/ moderate) Extends eastward from West Lookout, continues to near Hesitation Point, and then southwest to parking area at Ogle Lake and Trail 7.

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Brown County State Park


HIKING - Miles of easy-to-rugged trails.

CAMPING - Campground equipped with modern facilities. A separate horsemen's campground is available.

FISHING - Bass & Bluegill. State license required and available at park office. Ogle Lake-17 acres; Strahl Lake-7 acres.

INTERPRETIVE SERVICE - Inquire at nature center, park office, or lodge.

PICNIC AREAS - Tables, grills, toilet facilities, playground equipment and playfields.

RECREATION BUILDING - Inquire at park office.

SHELTERS - Reservations for shelters. Inquire at park office.

SADDLE HORSES - Bridle trails, pony rides. Inquire at saddle barn.

SWIMMING - Excellent pool, open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Swimming prohibited in Ogle Lake and Strahl Lake.

TRAIL RIDES - Facilities for those who wish to bring their own horses. Inquire at park office.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS - Trails and Loops for those who wish to bring their own bikes. Inquire at park office.

FAMILY HOUSEKEEPING CABINS - Two bedrooms, living rooms; complete kitchen; bathroom; will sleep eight. Make all reservations with the lodge.

INN - Lodge and cabin guest rooms. Make all reservations with the inn manager.

Many Brown County Indiana lodgings close to Brown County State Park.

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