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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 Indiana's most visited state park, and has about 1.3 million visitors each year. 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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  • Beautiful Park for hiking and enjoying. We just drove through and saw the grounds- camping areas, nature center, pool, lake and horse riding area. You could do a like of hiking here. Note Out of.....  more
    Beautiful Park for hiking and enjoying. We just drove through and saw the grounds- camping areas, nature center, pool, lake and horse riding area. You could do a like of hiking here. Note Out of.....  more »
  • Lovely Sunday walk around the lake, just us girls and my grandsons. Not too long but able to spot turtles sunning themselves while we strolled. 
    Lovely Sunday walk around the lake, just us girls and my grandsons. Not too long but able to spot turtles sunning themselves while we strolled.  more »
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  • Beware trail 8! Don't turn too early or you'll end up outside the park!
  • Such a large beautiful park. So many things to do, probably the best campground for the state parks in Indiana. The inn is recently updated, and has a fabulous indoor pool. Wish they had more staff as not enough people limited some opportunities and cleanliness in some areas. Overall great place to visit highly recommend.

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