Nature and Wildlife
With nearly 16,000 acres, Brown County State Park is the largest state park in the United States. Parts of the Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Forest and Monroe Lake are also located in Brown County. These parks and forests afford miles of scenic drives and overlooks, as well as hiking and horseback-riding trails, where white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers and other interesting wildlife is often observed.
Many lakes both large and small provide opportunities for water activities, and the newly renovated pool in the park is a great place for family fun. With miles and miles of amazing terrain, Brown County has become a world-class mountain biking destination. So, whether your pleasure is biking or hiking, golfing or horseback riding, canoeing or swimming, when you visit Brown County, the variety of outdoor activities is endless.
Shopping & Relaxation
Nashville is the heart of Brown County and boasts more than 250 unique shops, featuring everything from decorating accessories to hand-blown glass and antiques. The Brown County Craft Gallery is a cooperative venue showcasing the handmade pottery, furniture, weavings, jewelry and photography of area artists.
For the perfect gift for kids or grandkids, visit The Toy Chest, which has been a fixture in downtown Nashville for more than 20 years. Begin your holiday shopping early while enjoying the beauty of autumn's rich colors. Come back for the traditional "Spring Blossom Parade" and enjoy our redbud, dogwood and apple blossoms.
For art enthusiasts, the work of present day, as well as historic artists of the past, are on display at the Brown County Art Gallery and the Brown County Art Guild, both open daily and located in downtown Nashville. The historic home and studio of T. C. Steele is open daily and located about eight miles east of Nashville near Belmont
Entertainment & Dining
There is so much to see and do in Brown County, from taking in a performance at the Brown County Playhouse, which features plays, movies, musical performances and much more. Nashville boasts numerous unique eateries and fine-dining establishments, such as Big Woods Brewing Co., Hob Nob Corner, Artists Colony Inn, Out of the Ordinary, Farmhouse Cafe and Story Inn.
Music lovers flock to Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, a.k.a. the mecca of bluegrass music, which is home to the annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival. And local musicians entertain throughout the year at venues such as the Story Inn in Story, and Chateau Thomas Winery and Brown County Inn in Nashville.
Nashville is a destination for many during the holiday season. Take in the breathtaking holiday decorations, as holiday lights twinkle from every shop window and old-time carolers stroll the village streets. Visit with Santa Claus. And, of course, bring your shopping list, as there is something for everyone at Nashville's various shops and galleries.