Hike Trail D in the Fall, the Best Kept Secret in Brown County State Park

Man hiking in autumn forest on Trail D, Brown County State Park, Indiana.

In the fall, Brown County State Park is inundated with leaf peepers who snarl traffic bumper-to-bumper from Nashville to Gnaw Bone and beyond.

At Trail D on the far southwest corner of the park, you’ll avoid it all and find the hiking escape you’re looking for. In fact, you probably won’t see another soul.

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Best Hiking Trails in Brown County State Park, with Maps and Rankings

Male hiker looking out over a lake surrounded by trees and greenery.

We’ve compiled the ultimate hiking guide for Brown County State Park in Indiana, complete with interactive maps, detailed trail reports and helpful photos. With 20 miles of dedicated hiking trails, 27 miles of multi-use trails and 70 miles of bridle trails, the biggest state park in Indiana is a Midwest hiker’s dream.

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Discover Abe Martin’s Secret Hiking Trail In Brown County State Park

Woman hiker crossing a fallen tree in a dense autumn forest on Abe Martin's Secret Trail, Brown County, Indiana.

You won’t find this trail on any official map of Indiana’s Brown County State Park. Heck, you won’t find it mentioned anywhere period. In fact, the trail doesn’t even have a name, so we’ve dubbed it “Abe Martin’s Secret Trail” due to its close proximity to Abe Martin Lodge.

Only a few know of its existence, and unless you’re one of those few who do know, you’ll never find it without GPS. In fact, that’s the only way we found it after studying heatmap signatures left by wearers of activity trackers.

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Hiking Trail 2, CCC Trail Loop, Brown County State Park

Woman hiking up stone stairway in the sun-dappled forest on Trail 2, Brown County State Park, Indiana.

Trail 2 at Brown County State Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations on the grounds, passing beautiful family cabins, the North Lookout Tower and the rustic Lower Shelter. With its quaint stone bridges, retaining walls and stairways, this trail serves as the perfect introduction to Indiana’s largest state park.

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