Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park
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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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All trails open to hiking. Expect spring conditions along the trails, especially since the recent snow. Use caution as there may be trees down in some areas from the storm.
Hikers: Expect spring conditions on the trails.
Wildflowers: Spring wildflowers: The Dwarf Trout Lilies are blooming and should continue for about 2 weeks. Also see bloodroot, hepatica and white trout lilies, dutchman's breeches and false rue anemone. in bud. May Apple leaves and trillium in bud. Tree buds are changing daily. Walks in the spring show changes in the season. Woodpeckers are drumming territory and spring bird songs carry through the woods. Get healthy with a walk in the Big Woods. Check here for updates, or call for current conditions.
Loaner Kits Available
Bird identification kits are great for seeing birds. Check at the office for details.
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Firewood Restrictions Information:
Firewood is available for sale at $5.00 per bundle.
All trails are open to hiking. Hidden Falls flowing nicely. Worth the trip out to see. Warm temps coming back so look for more wildflowers and nesting bird activity.
Squirrels are active and noisy in the treetops. Turkeys and deer can be seen from a distance. Come out to observe the Big Woods. Tracks are easy to spot along trails and Prairie Creek.
Bird Checklist Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.
Birding is great! Feeding stations bring out the birds. Best viewing in the morning. Chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches (yellow now), house finches and several species of woodpeckers can be seen at the feeders. Watch for the occasional pileated woodpecker that visits when traffic is low. Overnight listen for barred owls calling. Fox sparrow, robins, grackles, red-winged blackirds, Woodduck, Eastern meadowlark, mourning doves, Eastern Pheobe, American Kestrel, bluebirds, flickers, American Woodcock, cow birds, tree sparrow, yellow-rumped warblers, brown creeper, tree swallow, sandhill crane, kinglets, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo buntings, orioles and hummingbirds. note: Red-headed woodpeckers were sighted April 30 at the host's suit feeder. >
Best time to contact the park:
Spring Saturday - 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, and to register for camping. 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.