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Brown County

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No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await. A great spot for the true nature lover, Brown County is home to a state park (Indiana's largest), a state forest, and a national forest. Hiking, mountain biking, zip lining, kayaking, horseback riding, golf, ATV tours, and more, Brown County is your gateway to the great outdoors! Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today… you’ll be glad you did.

Visiting Tips

Any time of year is a great time to visit Brown County! As the most forested county in Indiana, we always have beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. Fall is the most popular time to visit due to our stunning colorful foliage, but you can expect a wonderful visit any month!

Camping & Lodging

Brown County has some great accomidations like the Brown County Inn, Cornerstone Inn, Robinwood Inn, Creekside Retreat, Rawhide Ranch, Story Inn, or one of the many cozy cabins.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Learn about the Brown County State Park at the Nature Center or by taking a park tour. And check out our many birds and wildlife species on a tour with Indigo Birding.

Other Activities

Stroll around the downtown Village of Nashville (home to over 150 unique shops), get some grub at one of our great restaurants, try some beers at Big Woods Pizza or Brewing Company, sample some wine at one of our four downtown wine tasting rooms, take a tour of Bear Wallow Distillery, drive out and explore the historic Story Inn, learn about Brown County's past at the History Center or Pioneer Village, catch some live music in our bars and restaurants, or even take part in one of our exciting festivals (over 30 per year to be exact)!

If you're looking for a cooler activity you can explore the backwaters of Brown County via a kayak tour with Most High Adventure Outfitters.

Maps & Guidebooks

Stop by the Brown County Visitor Center to get all your maps and materials!

Recommended Routes in Brown County - 4

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Favorite Multiple types of wildflowers can be seen on the forest floor during spring and summer.
Difficult

Scarce O' Fat Loop

5.7 mi 9.2 km 563' Up 171.58 m Up 563' Down 171.62 m Down

Nashville, IN
Favorite Heading down the trail on a clear winter day
Intermediate

Downey Hill Full Loop

5.0 mi 8.0 km 553' Up 168.46 m Up 557' Down 169.8 m Down

Nashville, IN
Favorite Steam and small waterfall crossing at the head of a ravine.
Intermediate/Difficult

Schooner Trace-Walnut Loop

6.3 mi 10.2 km 759' Up 231.42 m Up 761' Down 231.96 m Down

Nashville, IN
Favorite Early springtime on Jackson Creek Trail in Yellowwood State Forest
Intermediate

Jackson Creek Trail

1.6 mi 2.6 km 201' Up 61.12 m Up 200' Down 61.04 m Down

Nashville, IN

Brown County Hiking

  • 129 Miles 207 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 7 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 25 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 5 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Brown County - 33

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2.5 mi 4.1 km #1Hesitation Point Trail
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
1.4 mi 2.2 km #2Yellowwood Trail
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
2.0 mi 3.2 km #3Walnut Trail
Difficult
Nashville, IN
Difficult
Nashville, IN
1.8 mi 3.0 km #4Bobcat Trail
Difficult
Nashville, IN
Difficult
Nashville, IN
0.6 mi 0.9 km #5Discovery Trail
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
1.2 mi 1.9 km #6Ogle Lake Trail #7
Easy/Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Easy/Intermediate
Nashville, IN 11 
0.8 mi 1.2 km #7Trail 5
Difficult
Nashville, IN
Difficult
Nashville, IN
1.8 mi 2.9 km #8Trail 4
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
0.8 mi 1.3 km #9Trail 1
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
Intermediate
Nashville, IN
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10Trail 2
Intermediate/Difficult
Nashville, IN
Intermediate/Difficult
Nashville, IN

Photos of Brown County - 27

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Early springtime on Jackson Creek Trail in Yellowwood State Forest
Mar 29, 2019 near Nashville, IN
Early springtime on Jackson Creek Trail in Yellowwood State Forest
Mar 29, 2019 near Nashville, IN
Early Springtime on Jackson Creek Trail in Yellowwood State Forest
Mar 29, 2019 near Nashville, IN
View across Lake Ogle from trail 7
Jan 6, 2019 near Nashville, IN
Steam and small waterfall crossing at the head of a ravine.
Mar 5, 2018 near Nashville, IN
Multiple types of wildflowers can be seen on the forest floor during spring and summer.
Sep 1, 2019 near Nashville, IN
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Jan 5, 2021 near Nashville, IN
Brown County State Park Overlook.
Oct 13, 2017 near Nashville, IN