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Let’s Camp – Brown County State Park, Indiana

Let’s Camp – Brown County State Park, Indiana

We will be camping Thursday, Aug. 21, thru Sunday, Aug. 24.

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 melt waters 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 surrounding county and nearby Indiana town of Nashville are famous for their unique shopping, dining, arts and crafts, history, entertainment, and outdoor adventure opportunities.

HIKING—More than 18 miles of easy-to-rugged trails.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS—For bikers and hikers. 20 miles, easy to extremely difficult, 400 ft. of change in elevation. Trails wind around hills, ravines and across streams.

Brown County State Park is a 4-hour drive from Chicago (242 miles).

We are staying in Individual Campsites.  You must reserve your own site.  I am have reserved Raccoon Ridge Site # 150.  This is a non-electricity site.  There is also electricity sites in Raccoon Ridge if you need it.  The cost is $45 ($15 per night for 3 nights) + $3.15 Taxes = $48.15 Total.  You can have 2 tents and 6 people on the site.  You can have only 1 car.  There is a overflow parking at the entrance of the campgrounds.  There is a $7 entrance fee per visit per car to enter the park.  (The weekend camping is considered as 1 visit)

Make Reservations at:  http://indianastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/brown-county/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=IN&parkId=570043

You are responsible for all you own food and beverages.  We will have a potluck Saturday Evening.  Alcohol is permitted.

Campsite Sharing:  If you are looking to share your campsite, please state so in the comments.

Carpooling:  Please include in the comments if are looking for a ride or can offer a ride.

Map Brown County State Park: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/brown_co_trail.pdf

DNR Website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm

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Other areas with trails:

Yellowwood State Forest:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4817.htm

http://www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org/yellowwood-state-forest-trails/

Map:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-Yellowwood_map.pdf

Ten O’clock Line Trail:  This 16 mile trail connect Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest.

http://www.browncounty.com/ten-oclock-line-trail

Morgan-Monroe State Forest:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4816.htm

http://www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org/morgan-monroe-forest/

Map:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-MMSF.pdf

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Brown County Information Guide: http://www.browncounty.com/

  Art Village - Nashville, IN

For more than a century, artists have been drawn to the eclectic charm of Brown County. But history doesn’t just survive in Brown County, it thrives. Today’s artists use the energy of yesteryear to inspire their creations of today.

Studios filled with pottery, glass, wood and fiber dot the Arts Village. Fine art galleries provide the opportunity to indulge in the works of artists past and present. 

The tradition of campfire jams takes center stage. You will find musicians gathering at coffee shops, breweries, restaurants and wineries.

Looking to hone your own skills? Demonstrations, classes and workshops are offered year round; from banjo to broom making; gourds to glass; canvas to clay; weaving to watercolor.

But don’t stop where the sidewalk ends. T.C. Steele State Historic Site gives a glimpse into the past while the various studio and garden tours let you get up close and personal with the artists themselves. Bill Monroe’s Music Park keeps the hills filled with music from Bluegrass to Blues and everything in between.

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This will be a great trip.  I hope you can make it.

Kevin

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  • Zak

    Kevin.. thanks for organizing the trip. It was great.

    August 27, 2014

  • Doug W.

    August 26, 2014

  • Doug W.

    Thanks Kevin & Debbie for making this happen.
    Great fun, and greetings to all. You don't have to be dry to have a fun time.

    August 24, 2014

  • Chris L.

    Thanks Kevin!
    Great to get a way. This area is one of Indiana's gems.
    Nice hiking with everyone.

    August 24, 2014

  • Debbie

    Fun time--
    despite the storm!

    August 24, 2014

  • Doug W.

    A friend of mine near Brown County sent me this for what it's worth:

    "One other thing and I don't mean to scare you. Please call DNR at[masked]-9546. "Lake Monroe office" and Brown County State Park at[masked] for snake report. One of the trails has had a uptick in sightings and an not sure if it was in the park or one of the other trails. Anyway have a great time."

    August 19, 2014

    • Kevin

      Yes. They have Timber Rattlesnakes in the park. No one has ever be bitten in Brown County. Here is some FAQ about the snake: http://www.in.gov/dnr...­

      August 19, 2014

    • Doug W.

      HUMM mating season. Let them prosper.

      August 19, 2014

  • Doug W.

    I reserved site 147 on Raccoon Ridge non-electrical. Sites can hold 2 tents. So if anyone needs a site, they are welcome to share this one. I will be leaving from near Schaumburg on Thursday afternoon if anyone needs a ride. I also plan to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle the Salt Creek fork leading into Monroe Lake or perhaps another stream, so if you are interested in paddling, let me know. Looking forward to seeing everyone, some new, some again. Cheers.

    1 · August 17, 2014

    • Doug W.

      I spoke with the outfitter tonight and reserved a single kayak and a canoe. He described many interesting sites like where the Eagles nest, Beaver dams, and Brownings Mountain where there are moon shaped boulders about the size of a car that the Indians hauled in from back East and set up 4 high. This fellow knows the area quite welll and is a hoot.

      August 18, 2014

    • Doug W.

      Anyone else for a canoe or kayak paddle? I will reserve whatever we need

      August 18, 2014

  • Kevin

    Hi Kevin and All, I would love to come but need to car share. I live in Hyde Park but could meet in the city wherever. Dina Rabadi
    Contact me at http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoCampers/members/2633900/

    August 18, 2014

  • Debbie

    I will be on site 111. Looking forward to a great weekend. I will be there late on Thursday.

    August 18, 2014

  • Natasha

    I reserved site #109.

    August 11, 2014

  • Natasha

    I am coming Friday with my kids this time. So, it will be +2! See everybody there!

    August 11, 2014

  • Kevin

    I can't wait for this trip. Debbie is excited about the galleries. There are currently 10 people signed up. It is posted in 3 groups.
    http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoCampers/events/195190372/
    http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoHOS/events/196411982/
    http://www.meetup.com/SWBurbsSOS/events/196412912/

    August 11, 2014

  • Regina

    HI, I am in site 153 but I won't be joining the group until Friday. Unfortunately I could not move a previous comitment on Thursday.

    Looking forward to another great camping adventure!

    August 5, 2014

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