Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park is just east of Bloomington in Southern Indiana.

Understand

Located right next to the popular arts community of Nashville (Locals often just call it "Brown County"), this state park can get very crowded during warm months. The busiest time is during the fall, when droves of out-of-towners make their way into the area to view the "fall colors" of the changing leaves.

History

Brown County State Park is the largest of all of the state parks, founded in 1929.

Landscape

Rolling hills and dense woods run the landscape.

Flora and fauna

Flora throughout the park varies including: Black walnut, black locust, pines, spruce, oak, hickory, sassafras, beech, maple, ferns, and yellowood trees.

White tailed deer, raccoon, gray squirrel, and countless birds such as crow, robin, white-breasted nuthatch, cardinal, bluejay, junco, wild turkey and pileated woodpeckers are frequently seen.

Climate

Located in Southern Indiana, the area gets quite warm during late spring and all summer. Rains and heavy storms are at times frequent, and during the winter the area is often a winter wonderland. Fall is stunning - Indian summers are frequent and the leaves are beautiful.

Get in

By car

I-65 runs north-south just to the east of the park, from Indianapolis (north) and Louisville (south). Head west off I-65 onto US-46 which will take you directly into Nashville and to the park.

Fees/Permits

Basic gate fees

Permits

Get around

Travelling into and around the park is easy by car, and plenty of lovely sites can be see from the comfort of your vehicle. But, of couse, the best way to get around is by foot, bike or horse.

See

Do

Buy

Check out neighboring town, Nashville, for countless shops and boutiques. You also can often get cheaper camping supplies outside of the park.

Eat

Nearby Nashville also features a selection of restaurants - from fine to fast.

Drink

No booze is allowed in the park. For that, you have to head down into Nashville.

Sleep

Keep in mind Summer and Fall are the busiest seasons, so book far in advance, and expect seasonal rate increases.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Camping

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