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GPS Coordinates: North Gate: 39.19313325, -86.21656259

West Gate: 39.17648001, -86.2657938

Horsemen Campground Gate: 39.12899036, -86.19548562

INDIANA DNR FIREWOOD RULE: Firewood Alert: Indiana DNR Firewood Rule - Important for Campers and Picnickers. Review details at www.firewood.dnr.in.gov before you visit!

Brown County State Park, IN

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


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 fogshrouded 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.


The park's rustic Abe Martin Lodge offers accommodations that include motel rooms, cabins, dining and conference facilities and an indoor water park. Large campgrounds, hiking and mountain biking trails, interpretive services, a saddle barn for guided horse rides and a separate horseman campground with 70 miles of horse trails are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year-round.

Nearby Attractions:

The surrounding county and nearby Indiana town of Nashville are famous for their unique shopping, dining, arts and crafts, history, entertainment, and outdoor adventure opportunities. Contact the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.browncounty.com or 1-800-753-3255 for more information.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Bath House
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Convenience Store
  • Cultural Activities
  • Cultural Sites / Exhibits
  • Dining
  • Dump Station
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Lake
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Difficult
  • Hiking Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Horseshoes
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jogging/Running
  • Lifeguards (Seasonal)
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Study
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Refreshment Stand
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Hiking / Walking, Easy
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Area Attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Historic Sites
  • Laundry
  • Recycling Station
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Town
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Hospital
  • Mall
  • Museum
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Reservoir
  • Swimming - Reservoir
  • Water Access, Reservoir
Alerts and Important Information
Campground Check-in/Check-out times are 2 PM Mondays through Saturdays and 5 PM on Sundays and Holidays.

Winter Camping Information (early November through late March): Brown County State Park offers winter camping in some of our campgrounds as noted below. Reservations accepted year round. Please check with the Park Office for more detailed information on the dates campgrounds switch from Summer to Winter Season (and back) as these will change each year.

These campgrounds open year round with reduced facilities and rates in Winter:

Buffalo Ridge: Electric hookup sites, heated bathhouse, water fill station.

Racoon Ridge: 20 Amp Electric hookup sites and Non-Electric sites

Horseman Electric: Electric hookup sites, water hydrant near gatehouse available through November only, pit toilets

Horseman Primitive: Primitive sites, water hydrant near gatehouse available through November only, pit toilets.

Park Information and Property, Campground and Trail maps can be found at the IN State Parks and Reservoirs website at www.stateparks.in.gov or atwww.browncountystatepark.us

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.16733, -86.21698
39°10'2"N, 86°13'1"W

North Gate -1801 S.R. 46 E.
West Gate -1405 S.R. 46 W. (Family Camper Entrance)
Horse Camp-4800 S.R. 135 S. (Horse Camper Entrance)

From the North and South: I 65 to SR 46 West or SR 135 to SR 46; from the East or West take SR 46 all to Nashville, IN 47448. The North Gate "Covered Bridge" Entrance has a 9 Foot Height and 3 Ton Weight restriction. Campers please note the following information to determine which entrance to use: All Family Campground RV's and Vehicles towing Trailers must use the West Entrance, west of Nashville. The Horseman Campground has a separate entrance located on State Road 135, South of Nashville and all Horseman Campers must use this entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Brown County State Park
1405 SR 46W

Phone Number:

Information:  (812)988-6406