We visited in the spring, the leaves were still off the trees, the sun shone through highlighing the hills and the shapes of each individual tree. It was a wonderful day, so we stopped at Stahl Lake to get out and take the short walk around the impoundment. (None of the lakes in the park are natural. The lay of the land is hills, the let the waters...more
The last remaming 2-land covered bridge in Indiana. It's the only one I know of in the mid-west. I may have missed one someplace in Pennsylvania or New England, but I'm pretty sure this is it in the Great Lakes/Midwest. It's a Multiple Kings Post - Burr Arch truss, which is common throughout Indiana. Especially in Parke (Rockville) and Putnam (CB...more
There are two old lookout towers in Brown County State Park with stone bases supporting a cantilevered log top. Both were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. The north tower was the destination of one of our hikes, and we visited the west tower by automobile. The views from both towers were good, although the north one was...more
There are several scenic overlooks in Brown County State Park. Perhaps the most notable of these is Hesitation Point on Weed Patch Hill, at 1004 feet above sea level. Other overlooks are behind the Nature Center and along the main ridge top road that winds through the park. Several of these overlooks have a small parking area and picnic...more
This Pioneer Garden, beside the Nature Center, is a reminder that before this land became a State Park in 1929, these hills and valleys were the home to several small farmsteads. The plants grown in the garden are typical of those that would have been cultivated by the people living here. a deer-high fence surrounds the garden to keep critters out...more
After hiking around Strahl Lake, we decided to take the spur trail up a steep incline to the Nature Center.Unfortunately, we were there on a Monday, and the center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during the winter months. However, we still enjoyed seeing the wildlife feeding area behind the Nature Center. A small pond and several feeders...more
We have stayed in a number of state park lodges and always one of the highlights is having dinner in the dining room. This restaurant was no exception. It provided just the kind of rustic ambience we enjoy and the country-style food met our high expectations. We enjoyed breakfast here on two mornings and the dinner buffet once.Breakfast: 7am to...more
My favorite activity is sitting around a campfire and making some-mores. It is relaxing to watch the flames dance in the dark of night. Watch out for the curious raccoons. They will walk right up to your campfire and give you a good start sometimes. One came up under a chair a friend was sitting in before we realized it. I not really scared of them but I have heard that they carry rabies sometimes and I don't want any part of that.
Dress Code: Wear outdoor clothes and bug repellant as required. Always were comfortable shoes. You will do a lot of walking if only the the nearest bathroom.
Nashville Indiana is just a few miles west of the north park gate. There you will find grocery stores, gas stations, fast food stops and a Dairy Queen. Most towns have those businesses. What Nashville has to make it unique are the antique shops and shops selling local arts and crafts. There is the Hob Nob on one corner where you can get a homemade cherry coke and delicious hamburger. There is a museum with a two headed dog but I didn't think it looked very real. Almost any weekend you will find Nashville alive with tourists of all ages finding a store that they like. Nashville is small enough that persons in fair health can get around alright.
Brown County State Park is a great place for hiking, with 12 miles of foot trails. There are also about 70 miles of bridle paths, which are popular with horseback riders, mountain bikers and hikers alike.
During our stay at the park we took three walks of about two to three miles each. The trails are well graded for the most part, but some of the hiking was up and over steep hills, giving us a good workout which we found enjoyable in the brisk winter air. For a list and description of eight hiking trails within the park click on the web link below.
Equipment: A comfortable, sturdy pair of hiking shoes.
Nashville is the service center for Brown County and a nice place to visit. You'll find lots of boutiques, gift shops and unique items for your home. It's not the cheap tourist trinkets, but real craftsman made clothing, chimes, garden fixtures, home furnishing, etc. I don't shop much this way, but it's quality and unique. The variety of...more
Abe Martin, for whom the Lodge at Brown County State Park is named, is not a real person but rather a cartoon character. He was the creation of Kin Hubbard, who was a cartoonist for the Indianapolis News from 1905-1930. The "Abe Martin of Brown County" comics were syndicated to hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.Hubbard, who was...more
Within the confines of Brown County State Park are two small lakes: Ogle lake, with a surface area of 17 acres, and Strahl Lake, covering 7 acres. These offer opportunity for water activities such as fishing and canoeing. One of the prettier hiking trails within the park encircles Strahl Lake. Just below the lake is a cascading waterfall which was...more