Saturday, October 24, 2009

Brown County State Park - Indiana

Our cozy cabin at Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park
Running, jumping, and hiking the trails in Indiana's largest state park

Plenty of spots for a picnic with a view!

Horseback riding and pony rides at extremely affordable rates! The $2.00 pony rides are parent-led around a large field track, not your usual short trip around a small ring!!

The picture of the boys on the bridge was taken near one of the many trail and picnic areas that included a children's playground.

Whether you choose a roomy, yet cozy family cabin in the woods or get a room in the comfortable Abe Martin Lodge - your room rate will include wrist bracelets for the indoor water park. The new pool area includes an exciting water slide (pictured here), a lazy river, shallow water spray area, zero entry (perfect for little ones), a volleyball/ sport area, and a hot tub for the parents to sit back and relax! There are free life vests available for those who don't yet "swim like fish" and several lifeguards on duty to back up the parents!
Begin your day with breakfast at the Lodge's quaint restaurant, or cook in your cabin's full kitchen. Our cabin was a two bedroom that would easily sleep eight people. We could eat at the family size kitchen table or sit outside on the wooden deck.
We hiked the trails (of course), enjoyed the pony rides, the nature center, and had a hard time pulling the kids away from the indoor water park! It was a wonderful family time.
One day we rode into town and shopped in the village of Nashville, Indiana. We took a horse and carriage ride, and ate ice cream from one of the "mom & pop" stores.
Back at the park, we played frisbee and had a picnic lunch at one of the many scenic areas in the park. We walked along the creek bed examining the various rocks and critters we came across. If we had more time, we would have taken a hay ride and joined in on a late night bon-fire to eat marshmallow's and sing camp fire songs.
There are plenty of mountain bike trails to explore and hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels.
The park is located in Southern Indiana, about 1 1/2 hours north of Louisville, Kentucky. It makes a terrific get-a-way for couples or families who live nearby, but would be worth the trip from any location. You can find an adventure or enjoy the peace and quiet at Brown County State Park! We will definitely go back there for another Becton family adventure!

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