Brown County State Park
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.
Very nice park! We went on a weekday in November and we never encountered anyone on the trail we hiked. The landscape is beautiful and the roads are so well kept. We saw many of the cabins and would love to come back at another time when its a little warmer or when the leaves are still on the trees. Would definitely recommend!
If you want to ride the best mountain bike trails in the Midwest, look no further than Brown County. There is a trail for every skill level and campgrounds are always available. The preserve is staffed by genuinely friendly and helpful rangers and clerks who have checked us in as late as 12am after driving in from out of state. Facilities have always been clean and inviting and the fact that they have a giant pool open in the summer is just icing on the cake. On the road trip scale of awesomeness, I would give it a "must visit" if you live within 5 hours and a "meet-up with pals" at the 6-8 hour range.
This is a very nice and clean park. It also has a big Lodge in the park with a restaurant with all you can eat buffet and also a menu you can choose from. The food was very good and the sweet tea was excellent! Our waitress didn't come back and check with us very often but the other waitress did and she was so nice and sweet and was always smiling. This park is good for all ages. You can also rent cabins to stay in. There is also a swimming pool.
One of the best and first place in Indiana to see fall colors. Best time is after mid week of Sep to end of Oct. Have swimming pool, different trails for cycling and walking, people celebrate their parties. Awesome mountain view. This one is within few miles from Edinburgh mall, so that we cover both on same day. Indiana residence entry fee $7 other states residence pay $9. Worth for money!!!
Brown county state park is truly a magical place to visit. It was my son and i's go to place to spend the day in 2017. Countless hours spent walking the trails, playing on all the playgrounds (4-5 times a week sometimes), exploring, searching for wildlife (so many snakes!), visiting the nature center and the swimming pool. We even took our very first camping trip together here. I love this park and look forward to visiting it often in the future.