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Things to See and Do

Brown County is a favorite Hill Country destination; close enough to home, but far from ordinary. There’s just something about this place that we call home. It feels right, it feels comfortable, it just feels like home. If you’ve never been to Brown County, you’d understand by walking through Historic Downtown Brownwood or sitting down to visit with the locals in a home-owned cafe.

We are more than just another county in Central Texas; we’re home to legendary Underwood’s BBQ, Coach Gordon Wood and more than 50 historical markers. We have six museums, including the Martin and Francis Lehnis Railroad Museum across from the Depot Plaza, The Rufus F. Hardin Museum, as well as the Brown County Museum of History and the Firearms Museum of Texas, which are housed in the 1902 jail house resembling a European castle. Each tells the story of Texas and Brown County. The Lehnis Railroad Museum showcases model trains and a large collection of railway artifacts, as well as miniature train rides. The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions showcases the “winningest” high school football coach, Gordon Wood. The Hall of Champions holds artifacts from Coach Wood’s honorable career and highlights outstanding players and support coaching staff. In the community of Blanket, just north of Early, you will find the Blanket Historical Museum that not only has many artifacts from Blanket but is also a research center for family histories.

Brown County is a focal point on the Way out Wineries Trail, the Texas Forts Trail, the Great Texas Wildlife Trail and the Wildflower Trail. We are truly “close to the heart of Texas,” as the geographic center of the State is only 22 miles away. So no matter where you are coming from, Brown County is easy to find. The Brownwood Regional Airport supports private planes and has a 24-hour fuel station. We have lodging to satisfy any group, from cozy lodges and conference centers to new hotels, making Brownwood and Early ideal for family reunions, group meetings or just a weekend getaway. For more information, please see our Lodging section.

Outdoor Recreation

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The Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Open during the summer months, key features of the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center include a slide tower with slide, water geysers, a tot slide, coolbrellas, a pavilion, four lap lanes, a diving board, zero entry beach, a current channel and much more. There is also a concession stand with light snacks, bath house and small lockers available for rent. The new facility is located directly across the street from Gordon Wood Stadium.

Brownwood Country Club is a private club offering numerous opportunities for a great day at the club with family and friends. Some of the activities include golf, swimming, fishing, lake and racquetball court.

The Hideout Golf Club is located on Lake Brownwood, situated on rolling terrain dotted with numerous lakes and ponds. The golf course, designed by Bill Johnston, opened all 18 holes in July 2008. The Hideout features many well-placed bunkers and water features to provide a challenging yet relaxing round of golf. Our four sets of tees accommodate golfers of each skill level. These 18 holes of Championship Golf, while still young in age, are widely considered amongst the area’s best layouts. The practice facility is one of the most all-inclusive in the area. The driving range includes four target greens with varying distances. Included in the practice facility, a 5,000-square-foot putting green will boost one’s short game to perfection. Come enjoy a hospitable day on the links while situated on a piece of land that proudly supports the conservation of all its natural surroundings.

If you’re looking for a place where you can slow down and do the things you love to do, not the things you have to do, then come see us. You won’t get stuck in traffic, and you’ll see the stars at night. Folks will wave for no reason, so brace yourself for pure Texas hospitality and the option to relax and do nothing!

To find out more about the communities of Brownwood and Early, visit us at www.VisitBrownwood.com and www.earlytx.com.

Nature Parks

• Camp Bowie 36th Division Memorial Park
• Center Park
• Fabris Primitive Park
• Margaret & Stuart Coleman Plaza
• Riverside Park - 46.43 acres adjacent to the Pecan Bayou on E. Commerce
~Large playground area, picnic tables, BBQ pits, restroom facilities
~Disc Golf
~Sand Volleyball Court
~Boat Ramp
~Nature Trail
~Pavilion
~RV hookups
~One mile by eight foot wide concrete walking trail

Recreation Parks

• Allcorn Park
• Cecil Holman Park
• Cen-Tex Soccer Fields
•Coggin Park - 15.15 acres on Austin Avenue
~Large playground area, picnic tables, BBQ pits, water fountains
~Five lighted tennis courts
~ Four Baseball/Softball Practice Fields
~Two Soccer Fields
~Full-size Basketball Court
~Sand Volleyball pit
~Horseshoe & Washer pits
~Pavilions
~Pecan Orchard
~Walking trail
~Exercise stations

• Festival Park
• Early City Park
~ Large playground, picnic area & concession stand
~Six regulation size fields
~T-Ball field

• Earl Q. Wilson Arena/Brown County Youth Fair Grounds
• Gordon Wood Stadium
• Longhorn Stadium
• Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex opened in 2010
~Four Little League fields with covered playground, picnic area and concession stand
~Four softball fields, with covered playground, picnic area and concession stand
~Two adult softball fields, with covered playground, picnic area and concession stand
~Two teenage baseball fields, with covered playground, picnic area and concession stand

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