Brown County State Park Ranked Indiana’s Best Outdoor Workout Spot

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NASHVILLE, Ind. — Brown County State Park in Nashville has been named Indiana’s best spot for outdoor workouts, according to a recent poll by Lift Vault. The survey of 3,000 fitness enthusiasts ranked the park among the top scenic workout locations in America.

The poll aimed to identify the nation’s premier outdoor workout destinations that provide not only exercise opportunities but also enhance the fitness experience through their natural beauty. The results were compiled into a list of the top 150 outdoor workout spots across the country.

Brown County State Park, known as the “Little Smokies” for its resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, secured the 74th spot nationally. It offers over 70 miles of horse riding trails and around 30 miles of mountain biking trails. The park’s hilly terrain and picturesque forested landscape make it a favorite among hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

Indiana Dunes National Park, located near Chesterton, was also highlighted in the poll, ranking 144th. This park, situated on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, spans over 15,000 acres and features a variety of terrains, including dunes, wetlands, and forests. Its 50 miles of trails offer challenging dune climbs and scenic views of Lake Michigan, ideal for hiking, running, and cross-country skiing.

Additionally, the Monon Trail in Indianapolis was recognized, coming in at 146th. Originally a railroad line, the Monon Trail is now a 20-mile paved path used for running, biking, and walking. It connects Indianapolis to Carmel and Westfield, passing through neighborhoods and green spaces, offering a diverse urban and natural landscape for fitness enthusiasts.

The top five spots in the national poll included:

  1. Chautauqua Park, Boulder, Colorado – Known for its trails and elevated vistas at the foot of the Flatirons.
  2. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, Nevada – Offers diverse outdoor activities along the lake’s shore.
  3. Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine – Features rugged coastlines and trails with ocean views.
  4. Olympic Discovery Trail, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – A pathway through rainforests and fields with views of the Olympic Mountains.
  5. Glacier National Park, Montana – Known for its towering peaks and crystalline lakes, providing a challenging fitness environment.

Kyle Risley, founder of Lift Vault, emphasized the transformative power of these locations. “The places we’ve highlighted stand out not only for their natural beauty but for the way they inspire us to push further, dig deeper, and elevate our fitness to new heights,” Risley said. “These are transformative landscapes where exercise and nature coalesce to rejuvenate the spirit.”

For more information on the poll and to view the full list of the top 150 outdoor workout spots, visit Lift Vault’s website.


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