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Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

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Where to go: The trees are starting to show some color, with the sumac showing red and a few maples turning. The flowers and grasses are about at peak. Hike the southern portion of the park to our new Prairie Trail, you'll see a lot of prairie flowers there.

What you'll see: Zig Zag Goldenrod, New England and Calico Aster, Purple Cone flowers, Cup Plants,are in bloom. As well as closed gentian, Indian pipe There are acorns falling from the trees. Big Blue Stem and Indian Grasses can be seen in the SW corner of the park.

Also of interest: It's a beautiful time of the year to camp and hike the trails. It won't be long until the woods spring into fall colors!

Last updated: September 15, 2014 

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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.