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Welcome to eXplore Brown County

Santa's Zip N' Sip
December 7-11, 14-18 & 21-23            

Nighttime Zip-lining Thrills in Brown County - Midwest Living Magazine
"When the sun goes down, headlamps and tiki torches light the way" - Click to read the article
eXplore Brown County is a Game Changer - Indianapolis Monthly
Offbeat Thrills at this Rambunctious Backwoods Retreat - Read Article

Escape Comes Naturally here in Brown County....Our 15 World Class Zip Lines are the Fastest, Highest and Longest Twin Racing Zip Lines in Indiana!
Enjoy Brown County Like A Local.....CBS4Indy


Winter Operations | HOURS: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 10 am - 5 pm | Closed Tuesday & Wednesday except for advance large group bookings | Advance reservations recommended | Hours may vary depending on weather and/or if we have reservations or not.


5 Star Ranking!!!

Congratulations to Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat!
TripAdvisor is delighted to award Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat the 2017 Certificate of Excellence.
This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.

Certificate of Excellence 6 Years in a Row!
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012
678 TripAdvisor reviewers have ranked eXplore Brown County Excellent! #1 Tour and Outdoor Activity in Nashville, Indiana!
Our reviews say:
"Exhilarating!" | "This Place is Awesome" | "A Lot of Fun" | "Great Fun" | "Fun in the Trees" 
Click on the Trip Advisor links below to see all of our great reviews......


Our zip lines are simply - AWESOME! Read Our Reviews

We have been selected as one of the Top Ten Fall Foliage Destinations to view the fall colors....imagine soaring through the trees to view the fall color palettes!

Read all about us from the State of Indiana.....

"Wedding Weekend Fun"  We got married here, and the people are absolutely phenomenal. From our first trip here in January to book our wedding, through the months to follow adjusting answer and rentals, everyone was helpful and kind. While we stayed, we did a zip line tour and it was so much fun! The staff did a great job making sure everyone was properly informed and felt safe through the whole tour. We rented several cabins for our stay, they were all appropriately clean, bathroom facilities also clean and stocked. All appliances provided worked well. The day of our wedding, the staff yet again exceeded our expectations. They shuttled some of our elderly guests back to the ceremony site, allow with campers nearby and kept them quiet and respectful, shut down the road that went past the ceremony site, then shuttled guests ball to the hall for the reception. They allowed us to clean up and get the last of or things the next day without charging another days rental and were again, amazingly friendly and helpful. We were so thankful for all the hospitality and kindness during what could have been a stressful weekend, because with their help we had a fantastic wedding, reception and weekend! Highly recommend foot entertainment or gatherings!

“This Place is Awesome” | We visited for our third time in April, 2017 for off-road buggies. This is a must do and the price is very reasonable. The Brown County terrain is great for this activity, and it's simply beautiful land. The guides are very knowledgeable of the area, and there are some very cool historic settlements, cemetery, etc. We had group of four (including one child who rode second seat in one vehicle) and a very nice couple from Elkhart was on the tour as well. You may consider bringing a change of clothes. If it's dry, there is a lot of dust, and there are very deep mud puddles fun to drive through. They have a place to change close to the buggies. You can find a video of trip on you tube (bigjimbob3737).

"1.5 Hour 4 Wheeler Tour” | Slow speed and mostly even terrain provided a neat experience riding an all terrain vehicle through a wooded forest with nice hilltop views, centuries old building remnants. | Visited October 2016

“A little bit scary and a lot of fun on the high wires!” | Imagine zip lining over the spring woodland landscape! This well-designed course takes you over a lake and trails under the canopy of trees. Jenn and Janelle know their sport and we felt completely safe in their hands, even on the Leap of Faith. Step out of your comfort zone, and off the platform for a fun adventure in the woods. | Visited April 2017

“Great Time!” | We did the Dune Buggy tour first thing in the morning. We did not have high expectations since the last one we were on in Mexico was slow and commercial. BUT THIS ONE WAS AWESOME! Gary was our guide and we went fast and got MUDDY! We did zip lining too which was awesome for my 6 and 8 year olds! Billy and Mike were great guides who were funny and knowledgeable. | Visited April 2017

This place is amazing the staff is great....they accommodated all of our request.....this is a great place for for the family....lots of free activities as well as the paid events....we will be bring our kids with is next time....the zip line tour (the Explorer tour) was incredible our guides Cass and Janelle were super....I will definitely be returning.....LOVED IT.....THANKS FOR AN AMAZING FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!!!!! | Visited July 2016

GOOGLE Review | Avery Morgan
Went zip lining with my wife and kids today and we all had an absolute blast. Our guides were Abby and "Not Doug," and they were great. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and the experience couldn't have been better! We'll definitely make another trip!

"Life is either a Great Adventure or Nothing"....Helen Keller

Is there a wedding in your future? We have the perfect destination venue. Indoor reception hall, outdoor ceremony locations, activities, overnight accommodations....view more details

 eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat is a family friendly adventure attraction located in historic, scenic southern Brown County, Indiana - one hour south of Indianapolis, one hour north of Louisville, KY and two hours west of Cincinnati, OH. We offer over 1,000 acres of year-round adventure including some of Brown County's most challenging mountain bike trails. eXplore Brown County is best known for its multiple zip line courses including the Explorer Tour which crosses our lake 3 times, the Screamer Tour which includes Indiana’s fastest and longest tandem racing zip line and the Be A Hero zip where the participant zips in the position of Superman. Read what makes our zip lines the best in Indiana....  Full Zip Line Tour Descriptions

eXplore Brown County offers other fun and thrill seeking adventures such as ATV Tours which cover 30 miles of trails through the dense hardwood forest including old pioneer home sites, an Indiana Camp site and an old cemetery dating back well over 100 years.

paintball destination for over 15 years boasting speedball and scenario fields and over 100 paintball marker/gun rentals for every size group. Families, weddings and corporate Groups utilize the facility for events making use of the camping cabins and large Harvest Hall which seats up to 250 people.

Extend your adventure, stay in one of our rustic camping cabins, all with heat and AC. Our campground features primitive and full-hook up sites. Rowboats and canoes are available to rent on our 4 acre fishing lake.

Our Harvest Hall is available to celebrate your wedding, special occasion, corporate retreat, reunion or social function. We host many events here at eXplore Brown County, large groups are always welcome. Plan your next adventure with us today.

Free Wi-Fi is available at Harvest Hall on the porch.

WARNING: Under Indiana law, an agritourism provider is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in agritourism activities at this location if the death or injury results from the inherent risks of agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death, or for other participants to act in a manner that may cause you injury or cause your death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. As added by P.L.3-2011, SEC.1. The property used by Valley Branch Retreat Inc. dba eXplore Brown County dba Paintball Valley is a Classified Forest/Tree Farm and an Indiana Agritourism provider.

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