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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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  • We love Brown County State Park. Driving through is nice and we did Trail 7 ( around Ogle lake/ pond. We also wanted to do number 6 which is around Strahl (?) pond/lake but it as getting dark. Great....  more »
  • Wonderful place to camp, drive through, deer spot, hike, sit and relax or just about anything else. Highly recommend a stop at the horse barn, the horse camp in addition to the regular camp areas...  more »
  • This park is massive. My friends and I went down there for the weekend with the though of exploring the park. We only got through about a quarter of the whole area and we loved what we saw. The views are spectacular and the perfect place to eat lunch outside. Going here during the spring or fall when the colors of nature stand out the most is recommend. I definitely anticipate going back in the future.
  • Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool was wonderful. It was challenging to find our campsite--especially after dark :( Visited 2 lakes inside park which were lovely. One had a small waterfall. We love visiting the town of Nashville, IN and Brown County State Park is convenient place to stay near town.

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