While the park certainly isn't among the most spectacular of Minnesota's State Parks, it does provide for some nice easy family hiking through a small part of what remains of the former "Big Woods".
In many cases there are multiple routes you can take to and from a certain parts of the park. For example, we were able to hike a route to Bjorklund Lake that took only about an hour round-trip from the trail center with five elementary-age children, but could have taken longer routes as well. The hiking is pretty easy with only minor hills. The shared horse/hiking paths we took were about 4-5 feet wide and bit muddy after some rainfall but not at all overgrown. We did need to dodge horse droppings multiple times along the way. In early August, the mosquitoes were still numerous in the evening.
The park was relatively empty when we visited on a Sunday evening. The numerous backpacking campsites we passed while hiking can be easily reached from the trail center and were set back far enough from the hiking trail as to provide some privacy. Less than half were occupied when we passed by but this could've been due to the recent rain.
It appeared that there were canoes that could be rented on Bjorklund lake. We saw what appeared to be a few swans on the opposite side of the lake, but due to their distance from us I may have wrongly identified them. In any case, the lake was isolated and there were no other people on it when we went to it near sunset. At that particular point of day it was beautiful and quiet.
If you're looking for a spur-of-the-moment escape from the cities during an off time (weekday or evening), I'd recommend this park as it is within an hour of the west side of the Twin Cities and wasn't overcrowded. However, if you're looking for grander views and planning to spend more time, you probably will want to look elsewhere.
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