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Brown County State Park

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Address: West Gate _ 1405 S.R. 46W, Nashville, IN 47448
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Nicknamed the "Little Smokies" because of the area's resemblance...

Nicknamed the "Little Smokies" because of the area's resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the "hills o' Brown," but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana's largest park is a traditional fall color hot spot, with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland.

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Maps will help

We've been to the park numerous times, but sometimes it's helpful to get a map. We made a couple of wrong turns on one of the trails as the lookout tower, and almost couldn't get... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been to the park numerous times, but sometimes it's helpful to get a map. We made a couple of wrong turns on one of the trails as the lookout tower, and almost couldn't get back by dark. We were a little embarrassed, but the park itself is worth any potential risks.

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columbus
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67 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed 2 nights at this property. we stayed in the older rooms in the lodge. There are a variety of other rooms (newer lodge, housekeeping cabins, etc.) The hotel looks very inviting from outside, but is showing it's age on the inside. our room had part of the ceiling missing near the ceiling vent for the HVAC. The exhaust for... More 

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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The park is just beautiful! My husband and I walked the trail around a Ogle lake and really enjoyed it. We're already planning to return in the fall for a day trip of hiking trails and maybe a picnic lunch. The scenery should be fantastic then. There seem to be plenty of picnic areas and restroom stations throughout the park.

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in the midst of a March snow that added to the beautiful landscape of hills and gorges. The long distance views were obscured by the snow, but the next morning, with the sun and shadows of trees on the white blanket of snow made for memorable scenes around every corner. It was too cold for us old folks... More 

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We watched the snow on the sides of the hills on our way to the nature center. It was beautiful. We stopped for a short walk near one of the lakes. It was fun but cold. We had the park to ourselves except for a few families. Brown County State Park is still beautiful in winter.

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Goshen, Indiana
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Trail 7 around Ogle Lake is an enjoyable 1.5 mile hike. We were looking for a quick, dry hike after a rain. This was very scenic and enjoyable. Some stairs, and branches to trip over, but not too rugged. It would be a pretty picnic spot, too! We also like the climb up the look-out tower, but be warned --... More 

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Lincoln
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had time to drive Through but this park is huge. There are many activities-trail rides, lakes, picnic tables and shelters, trails for hiking and biking and both an outdoor pool and an indoor aquatic center. The lodge looked very nice and of course there are camping options as well as cabins. Beautiful vistas to see.

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Clarksville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this park!!! I have had the opportunity to visit in all the season and loved it each time. The views are beautiful, especially with fall colors. The park is very well maintained.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest and best. Great lodge and restaurant. Horseback riding and a decent lake. Camping and picnic grounds are very nice.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area is not as large as some of the national parks, but it is close to Bloomington. Good enough for half a day of walk. It is specially nice in the fall.

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