The Autumn Splendor and Magic of Southern Indiana

We’re back from our autumn trip to the Bloomington and Brown County area of Southern Indiana. It’s been many years since I’ve headed to that neck of the woods and it was fun to return. The scenery was beautiful and we had a few fun surprises along the way.

Covered Bridge Festival - Rockville, IN


On our way to the Airbnb, we stopped in Parke County to take in some of the Covered Bridge Festival. Our first stop was Rockville and the town square. It’s a classic American small town with friendly people and interesting shops.

The festival provides a map with all the historic bridges in the county. We explored the Neet bridge on the way to Bridgeton, our second stop.

Neet covered bridge in Rockville, IN


The small town of Bridgeton was a surprise to me. I was expecting something like Rockville but instead it was more historic and had a magic all its own. Restored old town buildings and houses dotted the casual streets. And since it was festival weekend, there were a lot of vendors in tents. It was like a huge flea market.

Bridgeton Country Store in Indiana


Country barn in Indiana turned into store


Historic bank turned store in Bridgeton Indiana


Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana


Bridgeton Mill in Indiana


Historic Home in Bridgeton, IN


Ten towns participate in the Covered Bridge Festival, but we ran out of time and only visited two. We needed to make our way to Bloomington for the night. This is the tiny house where we spent the extended weekend. You can view it on Airbnb. I would definitely stay here again – the location was walking distance to town, restaurants, and the university. It’s located in a quiet, older residential neighborhood with tons of trees.

Tiny house Airbnb with loft bedroom


The first full day in Bloomington, we headed to Nashville, Indiana which has shops, restaurants, and pretty homes. It was a bit touristy for me but was fun to visit again – I hadn’t been back since my childhood.

Downtown Nashville, Indiana


We didn’t go in any of the stores but enjoyed walking the streets and looking at the fall foliage and decorations, along with the historic homes and buildings.

Fall Decorations in Nashville, Indiana


Downtown Nashville, Indiana


We ate lunch at the Ferguson House Bistro. It was cute inside and out and the food was great.

Ferguson House Bistro in Nashville, Indiana


We sat in the room with the bar, which was cute and quiet.

Ferguson House Bistro in Nashville, Indiana


Just down the road from Nashville is Brown County State Park which has tons of trails and a few lakes. We hiked about three or four miles to enjoy more leaf peeping in Southern Indiana.

Fall Path at Brown County State Park


Trails at Brown County State Park in Indiana


Brown County State Park in Southern Indiana


Southern Indiana is a beautiful place to visit. If you’ve never been, it’s worth a trip. In another post, I’ll share more about our trip and what we enjoyed in the college town of Bloomington.


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