Brown County, Indiana has so much to offer visitors and beautiful scenery consists of flat land as well as rolling hills and beautiful wooded areas with a large variety of trees and flowers. Brown County State Park also has a lot to offer by way of hiking trails throughout the park. Twelve trails that range from easy to rugged await guests in this 15,000 acre park. Here is a look at each trail with the mileage and the difficulty of each trail.
1. Friends Trail – Easy – Short, easy, paved trail. This trail has benches for those who are just wanting to take a very brief, easy walk in the park. This is all on flat terrain and was constructed by the Friends of Brown County State Park.
2. Discovery Trail – This moderate .5 mile trail is a self-guided nature trail. Visitors can get a brochure at the south end of the nature center where the trail begins and enjoy some of the sites within the park.
3. HHC Trail – This is a moderate 3.5 miles trail that leaves the west lookout and continues to Hesitation Point and the travels southwest to the parking lot of Ogle Lake. This trail has been improved by volunteers from Hoosier Hikers Council.
4. Ogle Lake Trail – This trail is only 1.5 miles and a moderate trail. This is a hilly, wooded hiking trail that travels around Ogle Lake. This trail could be taken with the HHC Trail to make that one a little longer and they meet in the parking lot of the lake and are both moderate trails.
5. Rally Campground Trail – This is a moderate 1.25 mile trail that starts at the front of the Rally Campground and continues through upland terrain to a deep ravine at the headwaters of Ogle Lake. This trail also joins with trail 3 for a short distance.
6. Saddle Barn Loop Trail – A moderate 1.25 mile trail that allows visitors a chance to enjoy a various amount of topography. This trail passes the saddle barn and the amphitheater and returns to the lodge. Many varieties of ferns can be seen a long this trail and it allows visitors and hikers a lot of opportunities to take photographs of the many natural wonders of the park.
7. CCC Trail –This is a 2 mile long moderate trail. This was built by the CCC with stone bridges, stairways, and retaining walls.This trail passes the Lower Shelter and the North Lookout Tower. This trail starts and stops at the lodge.
8. Lodge Trail –This moderate .9 mile trail allows visitors to hike along a trail of oak,hickory, sassafras, beech, and maple trees. This will join with the CCC Trail for a short distance and returns to the lodge.
9. Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve Trail –A rugged .75 self-guided trail that starts near the parking lot of Rally Campground and follows a slope of a wooded area and loops through the nature preserve and will intersect with trail 5.
10. Strahl Lake Trail – A .75 mile trail that is both easy and rugged. This trail is an easy walk around Strahl Lake but is a challenging .5 mile hike to the Nature Center.
11. Taylor Ridge Trail – This rugged 3 mile trail starts in the campground near site 324 and travels along the ridge top beyond the campground and drops into the valley below it and travels along the stream before looping back to the ridge top. There is a 2.75 mile trail that connects to this one that connects to trail 4 at Ogle Lake.
12. Fire Tower Trail – This is a rugged 2.2 mile trail that follows the ridge behind the fire tower and then loops northward where it crosses deep ravines and hilltops. This trail passes the CCC shelter.
These trails cover about 20 miles of the park and allows visitors a lot of opportunities to see the beauty and wildlife that abounds in this park and Brown County State Park showcases the beauty of central Indiana. If you enjoy hiking, these are some wonderful trails to take advantage of .