Looking for a great trail in Brown County State Park, Indiana? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 17 moderate trails in Brown County State Park ranging from 1.2 to 26 miles and from 567 to 1,056 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Located in the beautiful hills of Brown County off Highway 46, you will especially enjoy the variety offered in Indiana's largest state park, including nearly 20 miles of roads, with numerous scenic vistas. Comfortable accommodations at the rustic Abe Martin Lodge, large campgrounds, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, interpretive services, and extensive horse riding facilities are some of the things that make Brown County State Park popular year round.

Great trail for exploring different terrain. Good for kids. Trails are well marked and not difficult. Some paths were narrow and overgrown but easy to walk through.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

The park had just re-opened after being closed for two weeks due to heavy rains, which washed out some parts of the trail. There were a few fallen trees by the lake, but nothing one couldn’t navigate around. Occasionally there were some muddy spots, but they are drying up fast. Generally speaking, the trail was in good condition: fairly wide, not overgrown and well marked. We were bothered by some bugs here and there, but you expect that this time of year, and overall I say we were lucky in that department. Ogle Lake was flush with turtles swimming about and many parts of trail had little frogs (size of a dime and smaller) hopping around here and there. We saw some squirrels and chipmunks, but no other wildlife. Deer tracks, but no deer. If you’re planning on hiking the full trail bring water and possibly a snack. Nearly all of the trail is in the shade, outside of the western most part of the lake, but those hills will keep you thirsty! There is a bench where the loop starts/finishes and that’s where we sat for a spell and snacked before returning. FYI, it costs $7 ($9 for out-of-state) to enter the park. Overall, it was a very nice hiking experience and worth the price of admission.

Simple, easy trail with several stairs. The lake had some pretty views. This was the first hike I took my dog on and he managed it wonderfully.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Nice trail, light traffic. Somewhat narrow when traveling with my two dogs. We enjoyed the distance and the pit stops and overlooks along the way. Lots of poison oak on the outline of the trail. If you tend to have bad reactions I would recommend pants to prevent rubbing up on it along your hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy out-and-back trail for hiking or trail running (it's also a mountain biking trail). It has some small rolling hills and nice views. The trail map says it is 4.8 miles total, but last time I was there, my Garmin clocked it at about 4.2 miles.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

a nice walk

Semiloop that goes up and down the ridges of the Hoosier Hills. Stairs and good trail construction ease the grades. Great trail for fall leaf peeping but a nice forest hike throughout the year. Watch for poison ivy near the West Lookout Tower. Overall, best hike at Brown County State Park.

love this hike. very pretty with some good elevation

hiking
1 month ago

Super fun short hike to do with the kiddos/ dogs.. picnic tables are there and a couple cool bridges - close to playgrounds and other trails

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

We created our own trail for this loop. We walked down to the lake and then threw the horse camp area. There weren’t a lot of good options to get back to our campsite so we came back up a road that was steep at times. However it was still a nice walk. There were some nice open areas of grass and the lake was really pretty even though the algae was coming out. Some nice scenic overviews of the hills O Brown up there

One of the first of many trails we will walk in this park. Gradual up hills and down hills, a few routes and muddy spots. Ended up at a lake which had a number of options around it. Very pretty and quiet when we did at eight in the morning on Sunday. The forest was incredibly green and Spring was just happening on May 11. I would recommend any of these trails as they are not too steep but they do offer some challenge. Not a lot of vistas or views. But great quiet woods walking

Don't follow the AllTrails instructions. Takes you to a road that is closed. Go to the campground entrance and get a parking pass. Then the alltrails will get you to the TH. I went to the left first, enjoyed the creek and wildflower and then took extension to lake where I sat on a bench for lunch. It's a nice walk through the woods with the dogwoods blooming. Muddy in a few spots, but overall a pleasant walk in the spring. For pics visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2019/05/19/top-things-to-do-in-nashville/

love this trail!! it was fairly easy to follow and the elevation factor made it a vigorous hike!

Loved this trail! Although it was quite wet from all the rain, the wildflowers, beautiful Lakes and wildlife with great weather made it very enjoyable. And with the AllTrails app to help, I didn’t get lost! The cemetery was also very interesting.

This is a really great trail. I will definitely be hitting it up again. Love the lake.

The long stretch of stairs is currently closed, so there's a detour towards the stables and brings you up trail 3 to return to the lodge. otherwise, the trail is clear and you can manage your way around most of the mud.

Great moderate trail. Some parts were a bit muddy but to be expected after all the rain we had. Some good climbs both ways. Don’t follow the gps, start out at ogle lake. I stopped and had lunch along the way and it took me about 3.75 hours. I took my time. I would definitely do this trail again.

A lot of bikers but A good trek!

Really nice eastern woodlands trail. Lots of ups and downs. It gave us a really good cardio workout. Nice vista of the lake while hiking down to it. We packed a lunch and ate it at the lake before the trek back to the campgrounds. Great day hike

great trail... keep your eyes up and your head on a swivel... alot of bikers. not a place for loud headphones.

walking
3 months ago

nice family trail, little muddy but was very nice.

nice little trail, easy, bit muddy but has nice views.

We made a mistake and would recommend starting at Ogle Lake. Somehow our GPS guided us to the Ridge. Although we did it all. We parked at the campground which was totally isolated-closed? When we returned we saw a car load of young people who wanted to buy a soda. But it wasn’t working. Then we passed another car as we left. We felt our car would have been safer at the lake which has lots more parking. Great trail down to the lake and up from it. Good switch backs to help with the ascent and descent. The Taylor Ridge Trail isn’t as well traveled and needs some maintenance. We saw two trail markers. Only in one place did we start to veer off. Thankfully we checked the app and got back on track. Only a little mud in a few places. The 3 creeks we had to cross weren’t too high.

Nice short trail, well marked, perfect for small families.

hiking
3 months ago

I have always loved this trail. Some nice ups and downs just all in all great trail. Can be a little muddy especially around tulip shelter but besides that great hike.

Trail 9 loop

hiking
bridge out
muddy
4 months ago

As of at least 03/02/19, there was a sign posted at the trailhead stating that there was a bridge out and the trail was not currently a complete loop. There is a tree that has taken out part of a bridge on the east end of the lake, but it is still passable. Other sections were quite muddy, but I managed to get through without getting my feet too wet.

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