Autumn is a time when people desire an out-of-the-way vacation destination where they can enjoy nature and view some amazing color. One of the best places to visit in fall is Nashville, Indiana, a quiet town of only 800 people that is packed with lots of natural beauty and attractions.
Where is Nashville, IN?
Situated in the hills of Brown County in Southern Indiana, Nashville is only 45 miles from Indianapolis and 90 miles from Louisville, KY. Indiana University in Bloomington is only a 30-minute drive, and Nashville is also less than a day’s drive away from some other major cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Cincinnati.
Brown County State Park
Brown County State Park is by far the most-visited attraction in Nashville. It is a desired spot for “leaf looking” due to its 20 miles of winding roads that contain numerous scenic vistas. For a spectacular daytime view of the surrounding hills, climb the 90-foot tall fire tower, which will provide you with miles of uninterrupted view.
This park is one of the few in the state that permits horse camping. You may explore the more than 70 miles of horse trails, or participate in a guided trail ride, pony ride, or hayride.
Other activities that can be enjoyed at Brown County State Park include:
- Mountain biking
- Nature center
Covered Bridge Loop
Perhaps you are interested in taking a scenic drive, in which case the Covered Bridge Loop would be perfect. This route will take you over nine covered bridges in six counties, providing numerous photo opportunities at each one. To ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy the bridges and any other sights you might encounter along the way, plan on taking an entire day.
Art Galleries and Shopping
Downtown Nashville is renowned for its quaint shops. Here you can find everything from homemade apple cider to Christmas décor, including many one-of-a-kind items. Nashville is also an antique lover’s paradise, and there are many shops located in surrounding towns such as Gnaw Bone and Bean Blossom for you to explore as well. If visiting flea markets is a favorite pastime, head out Highway 46 East and you will find plenty of open-air booths to peruse at your leisure.
The downtown area is also home to many local artisans. Here you will find weavers, glass blowers, and leatherworkers all eagerly displaying their wares. Not only can you pick up some unique handmade items, but you just might learn a thing or two about these crafts in the process.
While a number of art galleries are also found among the Nashville shops, others are scattered throughout the back roads of Brown County. You never know when you might encounter one while on a driving tour, and since many are open to “drop-in” guests, you could easily get sidetracked by stopping to visit one.
Like its namesake city in Tennessee, Nashville is known for its music. Several local pubs and wineries offer live entertainment on a regular basis; however, there are outlets for the whole family as well. The Bill Monroe Music Park is located just a few minutes away, and regularly hosts bluegrass music festivals. The Brown County Playhouse in downtown Nashville also offers live theater, movies, concerts, and other special events, many of which feature local artists and performers.
Nashville, Indiana is a great place to visit any time of year, but especially in fall. This town is welcoming for seniors, families with children, or newlywed couples. Getting there does require driving through hilly terrain, so you should definitely contact us to make sure your AAA membership is up to date first.