Brown County things to do

  • Brown County Art Gallery Association's "Spring Show"

    Head to the historic Brown County Art Gallery for a lovely Spring show, featuring over 200 new paintings by 43 of its association members! Going on March 1 - June 3, 2017

    TIME: Monday-Saturday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Sunday (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.)


    WHERE: Brown County Art Gallery (1 Artist Dr., Nashville, IN)

    PHONE: (812) 988-4609

  • Brown County Wilderness Canoe

    From April through November, you may rent a canoe from Brown County Wilderness Canoe Rental, located just four miles from Story, Indiana.

    784 N Combs Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988-8002

  • Brown County State Park

    Brown County State Park is Indiana's Largest State Park!
    Nicknamed the “Little Smokies” because of the area’s resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. Glaciers from the most recent ice ages stopped short of the “hills o’ Brown,” but their meltwaters helped create the narrow ridges, steep slopes and deep gullies of Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest 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 hosts numerous hiking trails and the midwest's premier mountain-biking trails.

    Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN, 47448
    (812) 988-6406

  • Brown County State Park Nature Center

    The Brown County State Park Nature Center houses many interactive exhibits, a bird watching room, gardening exhibits, and other informative displays. Interpretive naturalist services and programs are available year-round at the Nature Center. Scheduled programs can include hikes, history talks, guest speakers and more. The Nature Center is open year-round, though winter hours are reduced. 

    Winter Hours: 

    Monday - Friday 9:00-4:00

    Saturday 8:30-4:30

    Sunday 1:00-4:30

  • Salt Creek Golf Retreat

    2359 East State Road 46, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988 -7888


  • Bear Wallow Distillery

    4484 E. Old State Rd. 46, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 657-4923


    Bear Wallow Distillery is making Indiana hand-crafted distilled spirits, using 100% local grains, in an old-fashioned, hand-made copper pot still - offering tours, tastings, cocktails and direct carry-out sales.

    NEW Spring Hours!!
    MON - THURS - 11:00 to 5:00

    FRI - SAT - 11:00 to 6:00

    SUN - 12:00 to 5:00

    New Indiana State law now allows Artisan Distillery to sell bottles on Sunday!
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup 

    Hoosier Hooch Flavored Moonshine 

    Sample Tasting Flights ($4)
    "Farm-to-Fifth" Tours

    "Eat-Your-Whiskey" food section for whiskey inspired creations.

    DIRECTIONS: Just 5 miles east of downtown Nashville in the area known as Gnaw Bone, on Old State Road 46.

    PLEASE check our web site or Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

  • Hesitation Point Bicycles

    51 Parkview Rd., Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988.4566


    Bike Rental:

    Standard mountain bike rental from $35/day

    Full suspension mountain bike rental from $50/day

    Book online at

  • Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve

    In 2012 the Hoosier Hikers Council collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to build a three-mile trail that loops around the 484-acre Hitz-Rhodehamel Nature Preserve. This property is a mature oak forest in Brown County with high ridges and steep ravines, blanketed in spring with wildflowers and full of color in the fall.The dark shade of some of the moist, fern-covered hillsides offers respite during even the warmest of summer days. Hitz-Rhodehamel is a little known secret, an off-the-beaten-path gem that offers all the benefits of Brown County hiking without all the crowds. While only three miles long, the trail can be challenging due to the steep terrain, and the fact that most hikes here end in an ascent back to the parking along Freeman Ridge Road. The three-mile loop hike consists of two long, 200-foot hills, tempered with switchbacks, and a few smaller inclines for good measure. Be sure to take a map and compass, and watch the trail markers closely, as the path is criss-crossed by a variety of other trails which used to exist on the property.

    Freeman Ridge, Nashville, IN, 47448

    1-855-812-HIKE (4453)


  • Holler Hoppin' Zip Lines

    The Most Affordable & Interactive Zip Line Tour in Brown County, IN.

    Rawhide Ranch, 1292 SR 135 South, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988-0085

  • Valley Branch Retreat

    eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat, home of the Tallest, Longest, Fastest Zip Lines in Brown County! Located in historic, scenic southern Brown County, we offer over 1,000 acres of year-round adventure. Activities include 15 World Class Zip Lines80 acres of Paintball4Wheel Drive Buggy and ATV Tours30 miles of Mountain Biking & Hiking TrailsRowboats and Canoes to use on our 4 acre fishing lake, and more!


    2620 Valley Branch Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988-7750

  • Nashville Express Tour Trains

    Sightseeing tours 2.5 mile historic and informational 25 minute tour of Nashville including scenic Old State Road 46.

    Board at Fearrin's Ice Cream (Franklin and Van Buren)

    May - October $5 per person
    Children 5 and under ride free.10 am-5 pm, longer on weekends (ask the driver).

    Corner of Van Buren and Franklin Streets, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 720-1025

  • Nashville Image Old Time Photography

    75 South Jefferson Street (in Antique Alley near water fountain/public restrooms)

    Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988-8292


  • Rawhide Ranch USA

    Public Trail Rides, Public Pony Rides, Zip Lines, Lodging, Tipi Camping. 

    1292 South State Road 135, Nashville, IN, 47448

    888.94.RANCH / (812) 988-0085

  • Schooner Valley Stables

    Whether you are a greenhorn or an experienced rider, we have a horse that will suit your needs.

    2282 State Road 46 West, Nashville, IN, 47448 

    (812) 988-2859 

  • TC Steele State Historic Site

    May 20, 2017: The 17th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut, 7am-4pm.

    Discover this hidden gem of Brown County! Attracted by its natural beauty, famed Hoosier Group impressionist artist Theodore C. Steele (1847-1926) was the first major artist to settle in Brown County, now the “Art Colony of the Midwest.” The TC Steele State Historic Site offers regularly scheduled tours year round of Steele's painting-filled studio and home. Visitors may enjoy original artwork year round while touring Steele's home and studio. Examples of Steele's artwork rotate. The House of the Singing Winds boasts original furnishings and a unique view of Indiana life of a century past. Visitors can enjoy the sites 211-acre grounds, including restored historic gardens, the historic Dewar Log Cabin, five hiking trails, and the 92 acre Selma N. Steele State Nature Preserve. Admission fee for building tours; grounds and trails are free. 

    Also... Visit our Gift Shop for great deals and unique gifts!

    T.C. Steele State Historic Site is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.

    Tours are every hour on the quarter hour, beginning at 9:15am Tues-Sat, 1:15pm on Sunday. Final tours of the day begin at 4:15pm.

    4220 TC Steele Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

    (812) 988-2785