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Brown County State Park a southern Indiana haven

Jul 13, 2020

Brown County State Park is 15,776 acres big and attracts more than 1.3 million visitors to the area near Nashville. In what is often viewed as primarily an urban state, the largest of Indiana’s 24 state parks is a nature escape, a respite from Interstate highways, a home for forest and wildlife nestled into a quiet corner of the Hoosier State.


When Doug Baird encounters visitors to Brown County State Park, they react strongly.

“Wow! What a place” is one of the comments the property manager of Indiana’s largest state park hears.

Brown County State Park is 15,776 acres big and attracts more than 1.3 million visitors to the area near Nashville. In what is often viewed as primarily an urban state, the largest of Indiana’s 24 state parks is a nature escape, a respite from Interstate highways, a home for forest and wildlife nestled into a quiet corner of the Hoosier State.

“Most people are impressed with the scenery,” Baird said. “We’ve got quite the variety.”

There are hills and valleys, trees that stretch beyond the horizon, two lakes regularly fished and trails that invite parents with small children to explore.

Brown County may not offer adventure on the scale of backcountry confrontations with killer animals or 14,000-foot-tall mountains like the Rockies, but in the relatively flat Midwest, there is enough nature to chew, enough outdoors to sate most appetites for a day trip or three.

In the time of coronavirus, when even the air people breathe is under suspicion, the more room Americans have to circulate away from other Americans and to appreciate a soothing experience is welcome.

If there is an activity where a mask is not required, it is bound to score points with masses who have been quarantined, restricted and just want something to do in a natural environment.

“You never get tired of looking at the scenery,” said Baird, who looks at it every day on the job.

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