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Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake © David Hyde
Quite morning along Trail 7
BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK
BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK
1810 State Road 46 East
Nashville, Indiana   47448
(lat:39.1464 lon:-86.229)

Phone: (812) 988-6406
Toll Free: 800-457-8283
Reservations: 812-988-6406
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, acres15,000
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimitive, #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
Lodge
Abe Martin Lodge is located in Brown County State Park on a wooded preserve among rolling hills, comprising more than 15,000 acres. The largest state park in Indiana, it includes Weed Patch Hill, which - at an elevation of 1,058 feet - is one of the highest points in the state.

Built in 1932 of hand-hewn native stone and oak timbers cut in the park, the Main Lodge has two spacious and comfortable lobbies with two fireplaces. A rustic dining room makes eating a pleasure. Abe Martin says, "You just can't go away hungry."

There are thirty rooms in the Main Lodge, with another 54 in the new addition.

These rooms and the twenty housekeeping cabins are open all year. The original cabins built in 1932 are electrically heated and air-conditioned. These units are open from April until November.



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.

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
Columbus Woods-N-Water
8855 South 300 West
Columbus, IN
812-342-1619
Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground
5163 SR 135 N
Bean Blossom, IN
812-988-6422
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 20 miles away)
Cottages 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.
44.9 miles from park*
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