Park History

With 15,696 acres to its name, Brown County State Park is the largest Indiana State Park. Located inside the park is Weed Patch Hill, which - at an elevation of 1,058 feet - is one of the highest points in Indiana.

Brown County State Park first opened to the public in 1929. Additional facilities were developed as the park became more popular. In the first few years Abe Martin Lodge, several cabins, a swimming pool, a saddle barn and Strahl Lake were constructed. The roads, entrances and many trails were also added and improved.

West Lookout Tower

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The Veteran's Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1557 began its work on June 1, 1934. They planted black locust, black walnut, various pines and spruces to help correct severe soil erosion. The CCC workers also built many of the existing buildings, shelter houses, picnic tables, ovens, roads, trails and the two log lookout towers. They cleared most of the vistas along Brown County State Park's roadways and built Ogle Lake in 1934-35.

Picnic Area

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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