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Brown County State Park

Nashville, IN

Visitor Center/Nature CenterWildlife ViewingRestroomsLodging OnsitePicnickingHandicap Accesible
CampingPhotography OpportunitiesFood On SiteDrinking Water On SiteFishingHorseback Riding

When to Visit:
JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

Brown County State Park is the largest and most popular Indiana State Park.  It offers many recreational opportunities including some great birding.

Specialty Species:

Broad-winged Hawk:  This species nests in the park.  Watch for soaring hawks throughout the park.

Kentucky Warbler:  This species breeds throughout the wooded area of the park.

Hooded Warbler:  This species breeds all over the park.  Watch for them along wooded trails, especially in the areas with more hills.

Summer Tanager:  Breeds throughout the park.

Purple Finch:  Look for this species at the bird window at the nature center.

Pine Siskin:  Look for this species at the bird window at the nature center.

Where to Bird:

Strahl Lake:  Hike the trail around the lake.  Many birds gather at this body of water making this one of the best spots in the park.  During spring and fall migration, watch for migrant passerines around the lake.

Ogle Lake:  Hike the trail around the lake.  Many migrant passerines, especially sparrows and warblers, can be found fairly easily.  Additionally, several woodpecker species can be found in this area, including Red-headed and Pileated.

Nature Center:  This is a great place to go from late fall through early spring.  Numerous species appear here, including Pine Siskin and Purple Finch.

Hours:

7am – 11pm

Fees:

$4 Monday-Thursday, $5 Friday-Sunday for Indiana plates
$7 Daily for non-Indiana plates

Accessiblity:

Some trails are handicap accessible.

Trails:

Almost 20 miles of hiking trails are located throughout the park ranging from easy to rugged.

Non-birding Equipment Needed:

Lenght of Visit:

Half or full day visit is recommended

Map:

Website:

Directions:

Brown County State Park is located just outside of Nashville, IN.  There are two park entrances, both located on State Road 46.

From the North:  Take I-65 south to Exit 68.  Turn right onto SR-46 and travel 14.2 miles to the park entrance located on the left (south) side of the road.

From the South:  Take I-65 north to Exit 68.  Turn left onto SR-46 and travel 14.2 miles to the park entrance located on the left (south) side of the road.

From the West:  Travel east on SR-46 from Bloomington, IN.  After 12.9 miles, turn right (south) into the park.

From the East:  From I-65 in Columbus, IN travel 14.2 miles on SR-46 to the park entrance on the left (south) side of the road.

Address:

1405 State Road 46
Nashville, IN 47448
812-988-6406

Nearby Birding:

Yellowwood State Forest
Lake Lemon