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A quick look at Nashville, Indiana

Nashville Village Photo, Nashville, Indiana

Nashville Indiana is a quaint village on the northern edge of the Brown County State Park. The park is the largest in Indiana and is sometimes referred to as "the little Smokey Mountains." There is a lot of up and down on the hiking trails. Sometimes the low clouds hanging around the hill tops remind you of the Smokey Mountains. The park is open year around with an entrance fee of up to $5.00. Even a drive through the park with stops at vistas and overlooks can make an enjoyable afternoon and will take up to 3 hours or more.

Like Gatlinburg in the Smokey Mountains, the park boasts a tourist zone on the northern edge. Nashville’s popularity started with a group of artists who moved to the area to paint the local scenery of Brown County. When you think of Indiana, I usually picture flat fields of corn and soybeans, but the glaciers never made it this far south and so the hills and valleys remain rugged and picturesque. Along with numerous galleries, including a large permanent exhibit by the ever popular Kincaid, there are droves of small shops selling "tourist art," knick-knacks, and assorted novelties. It is not uncommon to see several buses arriving from nearby cities filled with shoppers.

October is by far the busiest time of year. The colors from the changing leaves draw a huge sightseeing crowd. Pre-holiday shopping in November is fun, with the entire village dressed up for the holidays.

This is a great long weekend visit, but unless you want to spend a lot of time hiking or just want to sit around the pool/hot tub, you will probably be ready to go elsewhere within 4 or 5 days. There is one restaurant called The Ordinary that exemplifies the entire region’s culinary choices. While there are decent places to eat, everything is just ordinary. Nothing stands out as a must-visit.

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