Hiking The Brown County State Park
The 21st most popular hiking trail in Indiana.
Thursday 28 July 2016 04:49 GMT
Near Nashville, the 15,700 acre Brown County State Park has 12 miles of trails through steep, forested hills.
1. (.9 mile/ easy) Joins with Trail 2 for a short distance to return to near Lodge. Leads through wooded land where oak, hickory, sassafras, beech and maple may be observed.
2. (2 miles/ moderate) Leads past North Overlook and passes several large trees in the park. Circles to join with Trails 1 and 3 to return to Lodge. The native white-tailed deer can occasionally be seen on this trail.
3. (1.25 miles/ moderate) An interesting trail to observe a variety of topography. Passes saddle barn and amphitheatre to return to the lodge. Varieties of ferns can be seen in the ravines and on the slopes.
4. (1.25 miles/ moderate) Start near the end of Ogle Ridge campground and leads through upland terrain to a deep ravine at the headwaters of Ogle Lake. Connects trails5 and 7.
5. (.75 mile/ rugged) A self-guided nature trail through Ogle Hollow Nature Preserve. This trail starts near paved park road north of rally campground and continues down a wooded slope, where yellowwood trees exist. Returns near the rally campground. Connects with Trail 4. The pileated woodpecker has been observed in the area through which this passes.
6. (1.75 miles/ moderate) Encircles Jimmie Strahl Lake where the hiker may enjoy an easy walk around the lake and return to the point of origin near the dam. Connecting spur to Nature Center.
7. (1.5 miles/ moderate) This trail enables the hiker to explore the shores of Ogle Lake while in a hilly, wooded habitat. Here also, pileated woodpeckers have been known to nest.
8. (3.5 miles/ moderate) Extends eastward from West Lookout, continues to near Hesitation Point, and then southwest to parking area at Ogle Lake and Trail 7.
Overall, Brown County State Park is the 21st most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Indiana.