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Beautiful Big Woods Wonderland

We camped here last evening and enjoyed a peaceful night, well, except for the constant falling of... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2018
Barbara O
San Diego, California
beautiful wild flowers

Nice trails through old growth forest with lots of spring wild flowers. The campgrounds are... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
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Scenic park whose forest is part of the Big Woods.
9700 170th St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053-2703
+1 507-334-8848
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

We camped here last evening and enjoyed a peaceful night, well, except for the constant falling of acorns from above! What a delightful State Park so close to the Twin Cities. The trails lead to an abundant waterfalls due to the heavy rain amounts we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Barbara O
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Nice trails through old growth forest with lots of spring wild flowers. The campgrounds are comfortable but very open and not very woodsy.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank KarenR2154
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Recently stayed at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park campground. Found the hiking trails great, well maintained. Hiked every trail at the park, these are some of the best hiking trails that we have found at Minnesota State Parks. Real nice having the small water fall...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MPLSMN2015
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Nerstrand is a nice state park, but it's not a place that I would travel more than an hour or so to visit. I really like "Hidden Falls" but the rest of the park doesn't really separate itself from lots of state parks in Minnesota....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Yup, it’s big woods alright and you can walk and walk until your hearts content! Well maintained trails, and with a waterfall to boot. We haven’t been there for the full blown fall colors yet but intend to do so. There are also restroom facilities...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank mrmertz
Reviewed November 8, 2017

I'm lucky this park is only 25 minutes from my house. It is one of the last stands of "Big Woods". There are myriad hiking trails with a range of easy to more challenging. In the winter there are snowmobile and groomed x-country ski trails....More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank wmtlewis
Reviewed October 18, 2017

Big Woods State Park - a great place to camp, picnic, and hike. Trails are relatively short and not too strenuous. Campsites are well laid out. Restrooms/showers are clean and well maintained. Recommend spending some time at Hidden Falls on one of the hiking trails....More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank disc0dan
Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

We had a chance to welcome the fall colors at the Nerstrand Big woods State Park. 7$ was the day pass. There are various hikes within the park. We took the shortest 0.5 mile hike to a cute little waterfall. It’s a perfect spot for...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Anne R
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

The hiking club trail is 2.2 miles and covers varied terrain through a beautiful hardwood forest. Some of the trail is steep. The trails are well maintained.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank richie1732
Reviewed August 16, 2017

I had a fabulous time hiking in the woods and sitting by the waterfall just relaxing and listening to the sounds of the fall. Another weekday provided me a serene environment with very little other people there. There were a few who came by for...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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August 13, 2016|
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Response from ekhomme | Reviewed this property |
About all you could do is drive through the camp ground. All the trails are walking trails.