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Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

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Where to go: Check out any of our trails through the woods for the last hurrah of color. The Big Woods trail and either Fawn or Hope trail still have some nice color. The cool weather and soft yellow color of the maples make for a very enjoyable outdoor experience. 11 miles of hiking trails that are just missing you!

What you'll see: Edge color is disappearing quickly but the protected interior of the Big Woods still has some color. Its a great time of year to catch the end of fall color and be able to see through the understory and notice the park's wildlife milling about.

Also of interest:

The campground is closed as of October 20 and will reopen next season on April 1, 2014.

The park is open for day use year round.

Last updated: October 30, 2013 

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Getting there

9700 170th Street East
Nerstrand, MN 55053

Take I-35 to State Highway 19 east into Northfield. Go south on State Highway 3, east on State Highway 246, then turn right onto County Road 29.


Phone: 507-333-4840

Email: nerstrand.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Fall-Winter Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Monday - Friday, variable depending on staff availability. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When office is closed, please use the self-registration station at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits. Annual permits purchased through self-registration will be mailed to you.