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Discovery Trail

The Discovery Trail, located at the south end of the nature center parking lot was dedicated on National Trail Day, June 7, 2003.  It was installed as a joint effort of Nashville Boy Scout Troop 190, the Friends of Brown County State Park and the Brown County Lions Club.  Like Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve, the Discovery Trail utilizes a self-guiding brochure (and quiz) to alert hikers to what they are seeing at several stations along the way.  The brochure is available in the trailhead box.

At the trailhead, the Discovery Trail soon proceeds past a hand-dug well site used for water by early settlers in the area.  Down a small include and up to a gentle ridge, a Civilian Conservation Corps pine plantation is visible.  White and Red Pines, also Norway Spruce, were planted throughout the park to curb erosion from early farming practices; access to the pines is along an old roadbed.  Several benches along the way allow a quiet look into the pines, steep ravines and rugged backcountry.  A brochure interpretive stop mentions large stones that show several parallel groves, indicating horse-drawn plow marks.

Upon returning to the parking lots, hikers come by a bench and observation area to look at the Nature Center pond, and a box to recycle the map.
Please report missing signs or maintenance issues to the Nature Center office.

Begins:  South end of Nature Center parking lot
Distance:  .5 mile
Difficulty:  Easy
Time:  20 minutes
Elevation Gain:  0 ft.
Look for:  bluets (early spring), beech trees, shagbark hickory, shelf mushrooms, old roadbed

Click HERE to view/download a copy of the Discovery Trail Interpretive Guide.