Enjoy this park on foot, any season of the year. In the spring, the park is a wildflower garden where hepatica, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, and the dwarf trout lily bloom. The dwarf trout lily is only found here. Relax by Hidden Falls in the summer. The autumn brings a burst of red, orange, and gold in the maple-basswood forest, one of the last extensive stands of the "Big Woods." When winter comes, ski or snowmobile the trails through picturesque woods.
Tell me more about this park's wildlife, history, geology and landscape.
When the office is unstaffed, use self-service to pay your entrance fee. Put garbage and pet waste in the parking lot dumpster.
(Updated August 13, 2017)
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park.
Firewood is available for sale at $6.00 per bundle.
Flowers In Bloom:
Joe-Pye Weed, Ironweed, Butterfly Milkweed and other milkweed species, Wild Bergamot, Black-eyed Susan, Purple Coneflower and Grey-headed Coneflower, Sunflowers, Hyssop, Butterflyweed, Cup Plant, Rattlesnake Master, and Culver's Root. Big Blue, Switch grass, and Indian grasses. Gray Dogwood is fruiting and Ironwood is seeding! Check out the Prairie Trail!
Goldfinches are bright yellow now for breeding! They are one of the last birds to start the nesting cycle. 08-13-17 Please avoid playing bird call recordings in the park, as it can stress the birds.
Download the park's bird checklist »
Best time to contact the park in the fall, winter and early spring:
Saturday and Sunday, 10 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.
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.