Play in Brown County

When you choose Brown County, you are making a decision that millions of tourists make each year — to venture into the hills and hollers, step into the quaint village of Nashville and shop hundreds of craft-focused, artistic, unique wares and handmade culinary treats.

Visitors have long since realized that the colorful hues of fall foliage aren’t the only reason to come to the Art Colony of the Midwest, established and made famous by a group of talented young artists, including T.C. Steele, Marie Goth, V.J. Cariani, Adolph and Ada Shulz, to name a few. Galleries and studios carry on the traditions started by the early Indiana painters, while embracing a variety of contemporary artists and photographers.

Just as the leaves change, the generations-old tourist attractions have expanded to now include Brown County-native wineries, breweries and distilleries to accommodate the diversified tastes of tourists and locals alike. Outdoor adventures — like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and zip lining — attract young people choosing to make Brown County their getaway destination.

A trip to Brown County isn’t complete without choosing to visit the state’s largest park. Brown County State Park covers about 16,000 acres and is compared to the Great Smoky Mountains — and nicknamed the “Little Smokies” — because of its ridges and valleys, nearly 20 miles of winding, tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas. The park has extensive hiking and biking trails, large lakes, fog-shrouded ravines and an indoor water park at rustic Abe Martin Lodge.

After spending time seeing the sights in Brown County, choose from an assortment of live entertainment, from local musicians in pubs, wineries and eateries to live stage performances in the Brown County Playhouse.

Whatever your interests, choosing Brown County gives you a wide selection of outdoor, indoor and all-around fun to get your mind off the busyness of everyday life.