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Brown County State Park Hosts Winter Hike on Saturday

Did you receive a new pair of hiking boots over the holidays? Or did you make a personal New Year's Resolution to get some fresh air and exercise? Brown County State Park offers a great opportunity to try your new boots or keep your resolution with the 4th Annual Winter Hike on Saturday, January 8th. Join park staff, Abe Martin Lodge staff, the Friends of Brown County State Park and local volunteers to embrace winter and enjoy the outdoors.

On Saturday, two park trails feature interpretive naturalists stationed at significant locations to answer questions and provide information about nature and history at the park, and allow hikers breathtaking views of the scenic overlooks that are the park's claim to fame.

Registration is required for the hikes. Register for the 2.75 mile Woodland Hike at the park's Recreation Building. Register at the Nature Center for the longer 3.5 mile Southern Loop Hike. Plan to arrive between 9 am and 10 am to allow plenty of time for leisurely hiking.

The park's Friends group sells commemorative Winter Hike '05 patches during the day. Local boy scouts provide hot chocolate, coffee and S'mores at the two lake shelter houses. Before your hike, enjoy "Breakfast with the Naturalists" at the Abe Martin Lodge beginning at 7 am - 9 am. A "Hiker's Buffet Lunch" is served there from 11 am - 2 pm. Warm up by visiting the Craft Village in the lodge's Melodeon Hall, which highlights local artisans and their wares, from 9 am - 5 pm. A $1 fee is required of all hikers. Children under 5 are free. An entrance fee of $4 for in-state vehicles and $5 for out-of-state vehicles is charged. PLEASE NOTE: This winter, all visitors must enter through the park's West Gate on State Road 46 west of Nashville. The North Entrance is closed for covered bridge repairs. Follow signs to the park's registration locations and trailheads. For more information, please call the park's Nature Center, (812) 988-5240 or visit
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