With the wide variety of facilities and services available at Brown County State Park there is bound to be an experience to satisfy your outdoor preferences.

Those who enjoy exploring the park by biking, hiking or horseback riding will find many miles of well-marked trails. Meandering through the rolling hills of Brown County State Park are about 70 miles of bridle trails, 28 mile of biking trails, and over 12 miles of hiking trails. Southwestern and eastern parts of the park can be visited only by foot or on a horse and you can either bring your own horse, or enjoy guided trail rides and pony rides at the Saddle Barn.

Picnickers have a variety of picnic areas to choose from.  Some have shelters with fireplaces and many are close to drinking water, restrooms, or playground equipment. There are several reservable shelter houses throughout the park.

Visitors to Brown County State Park can also enjoy an Olympic-size swimming pool and fishing (or ice fishing) on two lakes. The Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits, displays and scheduled interpretive naturalist services year-round

The Friends of Brown County State Park, formed in September 1998, as a non-profit organization of volunteers. 

The Mission of the group is dedicated to the 
conservation, education, preservation, research and interpretation of Brown County State Park.

Throughout the year the Friends work with Brown County State Park staff to sponsor and support a variety of events, activities and special projects.

Share your love of the park by joining the Friends of Brown County State Park.  Helping hands are always welcome and needed for a variety of projects.  Joining is also great way to make new friends, improve the park, while having a lot of fun, too. 

To become a member simply download and complete the membership form and mail it in with your check.

Or, better yet, join at one of the monthly meetings and complete a membership form the same evening. The Friends meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the park Nature Center. A carry-in dinner begins at 6:30pm and the meeting follows at 7:00pm.

If you would like more information email friendsbcsp@gmail.com or call 812-988-5240.

The Friends at Work

The following is a sampling of the projects, events and activities that we've been involved with since 1998:

Major Accomplishments
  • Constructed Friends Easy Access Trail
  • Completed grant-funded preservation of Abe Martin radio show portfolio
  • Installed viewing/fishing dock at Lake Ogle
  • Funded taxidermy mounts of native Indiana birds for the Nature Center
  • Restored original West Gate log building
  • Purchased new sound system for Nature Center amphitheater
  • Constructed new horseshoe pits
  • Donated binoculars and spotting scope for hikes guided by Nature Center staff
  • Bus Tour Guide Service in conjunction with Convention & Visitor's Bureau
  • Converted old Park Office cabin to living quarters and research center
  • Purchased laptop, LCD projector, 1 Terabyte hard drive for Nature Center
  • Purchased two defibrillators for use in emergency situations on part property
  • Purchase of an engine powered mill for sawing logs
Ongoing Projects
  • Maintenance of the Nature Center Interpretive Gardens
  • Supporting updates and upgrades to the Nature Center
  • Gathering GPS data for new trail guide
  • Sponsor of SAG stop at the Annual Brown County Breakdown Mountain Bike Ride
Annual Fundraisers