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Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park Limestone Bridge © David Hyde
Limestone Bridge along Trail 2
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake © David Hyde
Quite morning along Trail 7
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake © David Hyde
Cool fall morning in October, fog rolling off Ogle Lake with the sun poking through to show just enough Fall color to tease you
Brown County State Park the most amazing views © Wayne Fall
Out fishing with the family and finished the day with a picnic and wonderful view
Brown County State Park © Donald D Willin
Fall Scenery
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake © Donald D Willin
Brown County State Park Strahl Lake © Tammy Davis
Tammy Davis
Brown County State Park family riding in Brown Co © Mary Larimore
A cold, crisp day for riding.
Brown County State Park shell creek © Mary Larimore
Brown County State Park awesome hillside © Mary Larimore
Brown County State Park © ROBERT L. JACOBS
Brown County State Park creek © Mary Larimore
We had a flock of turkeys fly over the creek in front of us here
Brown County State Park sitting around the camp fire © Mary Larimore
Brown County State Park fathery and son riding © Mary Larimore
riding the beautiful trails of Brown County
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake at Brown County SP © Ken Stalcup
From the trail on the north side of the lake
Brown County State Park © Ben Prepelka
Brown County State Park Hesitation Point © Joseph Herring
This may be the most spectacular vista in the park.
Brown County State Park © Ben Prepelka
Brown County State Park Lake at Brown Cty SP © Ken Stalcup
Early morning at the lake
Brown County State Park yellow wood lake © Wayne Fall
Nov.1,2015 cold but one of the most beautiful days ever
Brown County State Park Water Fall © Tammy Davis
Water fall at Strahl Lake Tammy Davis
Brown County State Park Looking down from Fire Tower © Joseph Herring
Heres advice if you want to climb the sixty-foot firetower - dont look down when youre near the top
Brown County State Park Ogle Lake © Tammy Davis
Brown County State Park Vista unnamed © Joseph Herring
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 © ROBERT L. JACOBS
Brown County State Park © betsy wells-gwynn
Brown County State Park © betsy wells-gwynn
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.
State park permits can be purchased at any of the state park property locations across Indiana. State park permits can also be ordered online by visiting the INDINIA ENTRANCE FEE web page.
GeneralLand, acres15,000
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Sheltersyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimitive, #28
 Electric Sites, #401
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Group Camp, capacity60
 Youth Group Campyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #204
WinterIce Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #84
 Family Cottagesyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
* 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
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.
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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.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 7 Broun county stat park by layladenney
I love it
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.
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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*


Indiana State Parks