You can find gorgeous views, stunning fall foliage, and plenty of things to do at this 16,000-acre park!
Indiana State Parks
The Hoosier State is home to 24 parks that are maintained by the Indiana State Parks system. These 24 parks are home to more than 700 miles of trails and over 7,000 campsites.
Collectively, Indiana State Park properties manage more than 2,000 buildings, 700 miles of trails, 636 hotel/lodge rooms, 17 marinas, 75 launching ramps, 17 swimming pools, 15 beaches, 7,701 campsites, more than 200 shelters, 160 or so playgrounds and 150 cabins. There are also seven Indiana State Park Inns.
Brown County State Park
Of all 24 Indiana State Parks, one is absolutely huge, and that's Brown County State Park. Brown County State Park encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of land. That's a lot of space! According to Brown County, the park has such stunning views that it's even been nicknamed "Little Smokies."
Experience Indiana’s largest state park! Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County State Park encompasses nearly 16,000-acres of rugged hills, ridges, and fog-shrouded ravines. The Brown County State 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 was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2021 as the largest historic district in Indiana.
Brown County State Park is home to a lodge where you can book a hotel room, but if you're more into cabins or camping, they have those too! If you've never been to Brown County State Park, it's absolutely worth the short drive from the Tri-State. You could spend all day exploring the park! Plus Brown County, Indiana is just a gorgeous area, and there's so much to see and do.