Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
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.
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Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Hiking:All trails are open. Wear hiking/snow boots.
Squirrels are active in the understory and can be in the treetops looking for food and trying to stay warm. Turkeys and deer can be seen from a distance. That 10-point buck survived the hunting season. Does hang together this time of year and three to seven does seen together this past week. A chipmunk posed for a Jan 14 picture outside the Visitor Center today. Come explore the Big Woods.
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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.
Birding is great! Feeding stations bring out the birds. Best viewing in the morning. Chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, and several species of woodpeckers can be seen at the feeders. Watch for the occasional pileated woodpecker that visits when traffic is low. Even in the daytime listen for barred owls calling. Visitors seeing them on the trail. Soon to be nesting, they are defining territory so heads up.
Birding Etiquette: Listen to bird calls before arriving to familiarize yourself for identification. Avoid playing call tapes in the park as it creates stress for birds busy with daily duties.
Bird Checklist Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.
Best time to contact the park in the fall, winter and early spring:
Saturday and Sunday, 9 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.