Where to go: Camden offers spectacular views of both prairie and hardwood forests. Harboring one of the western most natural Sugar Maple, Basswood forests, the potential for breathtaking color is everywhere.
What you'll see: Tree/shrub leaf color is at or very near peak. The sumac is in brilliant red and ash and cottonwoods yellow or even past peak. Many of the Sugar Maples have dropped their leaves but there are still some great individual specimens with brilliant color. The prairie grasses are at peak color. Wildflowers are past peak for the most part with some late asters, goldenrod and an occasional gentian still in flower.
Also of interest: There is an outstanding view from the Dakota Valley overlook where visitors can see changing tree color downstream along the Redwood River Valley all the way to Marshall, nearly ten miles away on a clear day. There is also an outstanding view looking upstream from the main park road below the railroad trestle bride however visitors should not park there since the road is narrow. Take a look on your way up or down the hill from your auto or walk up the hill from the south picnic area to enjoy this view.Last updated: October 18, 2014
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1897 Camden Park Road
Go 3 miles southwest of Lynd on Hwy 23 or from Marshall, go 10 miles south on Hwy 23.
Best time to contact the park:
Fall: Daily, 9 a.m.- 5p.m.