Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, this Nashville
so resembles its namesake town that the area is called "The Little
About an hour south of Indianapolis, this Nashville has its own
commercial appeal-a huge outlet mall in nearby Edinburgh and myriad
antique stores, artist galleries and flea markets.
But the real draw here is nature, which you discover the minute
you drive over one of the area's famed wooden covered bridges into
Brown County State Park, the largest park in Indiana, which has
miles of horse trails (bring your own horse), mountain bike trails
(Indiana is hilly here) and hiking trails (including one
In addition, there are nearly 1,000 campsites, cabins large
enough to sleep eight, two fishing lakes, a tower to climb, a
waterfall, dam and nature center.
Abe Martin Lodge sits in the center of the park and has the
charm of a rustic lodge, the amenities of a modern family-friendly
hotel (including a brand new indoor water park small enough for
little ones but big enough for everyone else) and the quality
service of a five-star hotel. The lodge is booked two years in
advance for the fall foliage periods of September and October.
Don't miss the fried biscuits at the lodge's Little Gem
Restaurant breakfast buffet. They're a doughnut-like pastry, deep
fried and rolled in sugar. Bad for the waistline. Good for the
• Brown County, Ind.
• Brown County State Park
• Abe Martin Lodge
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