Brown County Inn offers an indoor/outdoor pool, miniture golf, and walking gardens. In addition, activities around Brown County include: horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, golfing, art galleries and much more.
We have highlighted a few local activities to help you plan for a refreshing weekend at the 2017 retreat. To further explore exciting possibilities, visit http://www.browncounty.com/ for a complete list of things to do in and around Brown County.
Join FACET's facebook group (FACET - IU) to coordinate with your colleagues.
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
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.
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.
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)
"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.
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.
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 Lines, 80 acres of Paintball, 4Wheel Drive Buggy and ATV Tours, 30 miles of Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails, Rowboats and Canoes to use on our 4 acre fishing lake, and more!
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.