Where to go: Begin your color tour of Sibley State Park at the Trail Center (lower level of the Interpretive Center) where you will find a nice park trail map, and the trailhead of most park trails. From there, hike or drive to Mt. Tom for a panoramic view of Sibley and surrounding area. A hike on the Mt. Tom trail will take you through woodlands, hills, prairies and near Lake Andrew, and will provide a glimse of leaf and wildflower color.
What you'll see: The leaf color change is just beginning, with sumac, dogwood, elm and ash trees showing some signs of the coming fall. Prairie wildflowers are in full bloom, with the purple blazing star, yellow goldenrod and blue gentians among the beautiful sights in the grasslands. Yellow headed coneflowers and white snakeroot are blooming in the woods, where the sights and smells of fall are such a fine treat.
Also of interest: Saturday, September 6th is the annual Outreach Day at Sibley, with no vehicle permit required to enter the park. Special events in the park include: 8am, Pat Boros 10K Fun Run, enter and begin at the beach area; 10am, Waterfowl Decoy Carving at the Interpretive Center; 2 pm, Paddle in the Park, an introductory canoe program that will begin at the park boat landing. Also on September 6th, at the neighboring Stoney Ridge Farm, the annual Prairie Pothole Day is a family fun event celebrating the outdoors and Minnesota's hunting traditions. 9am to 5pm, free admission, lots of good food and good company!Last updated: September 1, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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800 Sibley Park Road Northeast
From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County Rd. 40. Then go west on County Rd. 40. Go one mile north on 71 to park entrance.
From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance.
Best time to contact the park:
Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.