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Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

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Where to go: "Prairie Trail" on the southern edge of the park is booming with flowers. To see these ravishing prairie colors, take the two-mile long hike through the woods. You are certain to be dazzled by the beauty!

What you'll see: While most trees are still plump full of green leaves, some leaves are starting to change color and fall from their branches. The Maples and Basswoods are some of the first that are giving in to the fall season.

Also of interest: The weather has been very nice for hiking, picnicking, and camping!

Last updated: August 30, 2015 

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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:

Spring/Summer Friday - Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 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.