Brown County State Park in Southern Indiana

Come fall in love with beautiful Brown County State Park! Enjoy the Inn (with restaurant and aquatic center), cabins, camping, swimming pools, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and lots more outdoor fun.

Covid-19 Indiana DNR Update 7-27-2020: Brown County State Park is OPEN for nearly all activities. All visitors must follow posted restrictions, practice social distancing, and wear a mask as outlined by the Governor's Executive Order.

The public outdoor swimming pool is CLOSED for the summer season. Drinking fountains are off. For more detailed information about what is open and closed click here.

Several DNR properties are experiencing high use this summer. Some have reached parking capacity for day use on busy weekends, and gates have been closed, or vehicles admitted only when others leave. For real-time information, follow Indiana State Parks on Twitter or Facebook, or follow Brown County SP on Facebook.


Those who enjoy exploring the park by hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding will find many miles of well-marked trails. Meandering through the rolling hills of Brown County State Park are about 70 miles of bridle trails, 30 miles of mountain biking trails, and over 18 miles of hiking trails. You can bring your own horse, or enjoy guided trail rides and pony rides at the Saddle Barn.

Picnickers have a variety of picnic areas to choose from, and some have shelters with fireplaces. Many are close to drinking water, restrooms, or playground equipment. There are also several reservable shelter houses throughout the park.

Visitors to Brown County State Park can also enjoy an Olympic-size swimming pool and fishing (or ice fishing) on two lakes. The Nature Center also offers a variety of exhibits, displays and scheduled interpretive naturalist services year-round.


All of the various campgrounds are open year-round at Brown County State Park. Camping choices include Class A (electric) campsites, Class B campsites, Horsemen Class A campsites, Horsemen Class C (primitive) campsites, a Youth Tent Area and a Rally Campground.

For visitors preferring all the comforts of home a stay at Abe Martin Lodge is just the ticket. Containing 84 bedrooms itself, the Lodge also operates 24 sleeping cabins (containing 56 bedrooms) and 20 family housekeeping cabins. The Lodge also houses meeting rooms, a public dining room, an aquatic center (open to the public) and more. If Brown County State Park is full, then check out the area lodging nearby.

Park Info

A variety of wildlife species adapted to life in the forest and forest edges can be found at Brown County State Park. Mammals found in the park include white-tailed deer, raccoon, fox and gray squirrel. Birds include robin, white-breasted nuthatch, bluejay, cardinal, junco and crow. Wild turkeys also call the park home, so you might see one If you're lucky.

If you like Brown County in the fall, you'll love Patoka Lake!

NOTE: RVs & vehicles towing trailers must use the West Gate Entrance (off S.R. 46, west of Nashville).
The North Gate Covered Bridge is restricted to 9 foot height and 3 ton weight limits.
Horsemen's Campground users should use the entrance off 135 South.

Note: This is not the official Park website. However, it is the most complete and easy-to-use site, with everything you need to plan a trip to Brown County State Park.

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