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Brown County State Park
BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK
BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK
P.O. Box 608
Nashville, Indiana   47448

Phone: 812-988-6406
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 812-988-6406
Brown County State Park
'Water Fall'

Water fall at Strahl Lake Tammy Davis

Brown County State Park
'Ogle Lake'

Brown County State Park
'Strahl Lake'

Tammy Davis

Brown County State Park
'Looking down from Fire Tower'

Heres advice if you want to climb the sixty-foot firetower - dont look down when youre near the top

Brown County State Park
'Hesitation Point'

This may be the most spectacular vista in the park.

Brown County State Park
'Vista unnamed'

This is one of the first vistas you will come to if you enter the state park by the north entrance.

Brown County State Park
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Brown County State Park
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved

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Brown County State Park
'shell creek'

Brown County State Park
'fathery and son riding'

riding the beautiful trails of Brown County

Brown County State Park
'sitting around the camp fire'

Brown County State Park
'awesome hillside'

Brown County State Park
'family riding in Brown Co'

A cold, crisp day for riding.

Brown County State Park
'creek'

We had a flock of turkeys fly over the creek in front of us here

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park
'Ogle Lake at Brown County SP'

From the trail on the north side of the lake

Brown County State Park
'Lake at Brown Cty SP'

Early morning at the lake

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park
'Ogle Lake'

Scenery

Brown County State Park

Fall Scenery

Located in the beautiful hills of Brown County off Highway 46, you will especially enjoy the variety offered in Indiana's largest state park, including nearly 20 miles of roads, with numerous scenic vistas.

Comfortable accommodations at the rustic Abe Martin Lodge, large campgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, interpretive services, and extensive horse riding facilities are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year round.
History of the Area
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 humerous 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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres15000
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimative, #28
 Electric Sites, #401
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Group Camp, capacity60
 Youth Group Campyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #204
WinterIce Fishingyes
 Activitiesyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #84
 Family Cottagesyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
* RVs Use West Gate * Electric / 401 sites * Non-Electric / 28 sites * Rally / 60 sites o Horsemen's - Entrance off 135 South + Electric / 118 sites + Non-Electric / 86 sites * Youth Tent Areas * Camp Store * Dumping Station
Accommodation Availability Calendars
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
41.9 miles from park*
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
31.7 miles from park*


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Area Attractions
Nearby Nashville, Indiana, features quaint specialty shops, art galleries, entertainment, and historic homes. A visit to T.C. Steele State Memorial or Yellowwood State Forest make your visit complete.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
41.9 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 17 great horsetrails by marine 59
great park only bad thing the store at camp ground is very expensive esp. the price of wood, thousands of acres of wood and they beat you up on wood prices.!!
July 29 our favorite place to horseback ride by Shelia McDonald
Brown County is my number 1 place to come and camp and ride my horse. It is so lovely year round .I have been coming up there for 15 years.
July 6 a beautiful park by mantha


Area Campgrounds

Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
5163 SR 135 N
Bean Blossom, IN
812-988-6422


Lake Monroe Village Resort
8107 South Fairfax Road
Bloomington, IN
812-824-2267


Last Resort RV Park & Campground
2248 East State Road 46
Nashville, IN
812-988-4675


Westward Ho Camping
4557 East State Road 46
Nashville, IN
812-988-0008


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
41.9 miles from park*
Area Resources
Crawford County Tourism Bureau - Leavenworth, INTourism
Crawford County consists of over 306 square miles of beauty and outdoor recreation Caves, state parks, rugged terrain, acres of protected forests, nature preserves, and numerous waterways
Web Site: CrawfordCountyIndiana.com
62.8 miles from park*
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