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Brown County State Park, Nashville

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Brown County State Park is located in the United States in the center of the southern half of the state of Indiana. The park is by far the largest of 24 state parks in Indiana, and occupies 15,776 acres (63.84 km2)—making it one of the larger state parks in the United States. It is among Indiana's most visited state parks with about 1.2 million visitors annually. Although Bloomington, Indiana, is the closest city, the park is closer to the small town of Nashville in Brown County. Brown County is named for General Jacob Brown, who fought in the War of 1812 and became Commanding General of the United States Army.

The park opened in 1929, and was dedicated in 1932 as a memorial to Indiana humorist Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard. Although Hubbard lived and worked in Indianapolis, he was a frequent visitor to Nashville and the surrounding woods. The park's Abe Martin Lodge is named after Hubbard's fictional backwoodsmen character used to convey Hubbard's humor and witticisms.

Brown County and its park are known for their scenic views of the hills of southern Indiana. Both are the home of a wide variety of trees that attract visitors each year when the vegetation transforms to its autumn colors. The park also contains many trees that flower in the springtime. Visitors will find a rustic atmosphere, enhanced by an infrastructure that was mostly constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. In addition to the park's lodge, cabins can be rented and campsites are available. The park has trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It has two lakes for fishing that complement the surrounding forests and provide a water source for the local wildlife. The area's beauty attracts artists and photographers worldwide.

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  • Our friends rent a pontoon boat, annually. We enjoy the water and our time together, for a day. It is esp nice when there are less folks on the water too. 
    Our friends rent a pontoon boat, annually. We enjoy the water and our time together, for a day. It is esp nice when there are less folks on the water too.  more »
  • We loved our hikes in the park + horseback riding. Although all the leaves had already fallen, it was still a gorgeous place to be. We hiked several different trails. Pay attention to when the... 
    We loved our hikes in the park + horseback riding. Although all the leaves had already fallen, it was still a gorgeous place to be. We hiked several different trails. Pay attention to when the...  more »
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  • Brown County is so beautiful and seems to never end when you stop at a lookout. I spent a couple of days there camping by myself for the first time and had a great experience. Maybe it's the atmosphere or the just the nature of the job but the staff are super friendly and seem to love being there and are very helpful. I'm definitely going to be returning soon!
  • Beautiful park with rolling hills and lots of activities. We hiked trails 1, 2, and 3 and enjoyed the scenery. The lodge is rustic and historic. We LOVED relaxing in the many sitting areas and porches, playing at the Arcade, savoring the delicious food, and of course playing at the waterpark.

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