Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Nerstrand

#45 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park is a state park of Minnesota, US, northeast of Faribault just outside the small town of Nerstrand. The park derives its name from the Big Woods, a large, contiguous forested area covering much of southeast Minnesota prior to the arrival of European settlers. The park and its forest were an outlying 'woods' typical and similar to the Big Woods proper, which were historically found on the more recent glacier deposits located west of the Cannon River 10 miles (16 km) to the west. Aside from a small waterfall, the outstanding natural feature of the park is the forest itself.

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  • Yesterday my wife and I took our dog and went hiking through Nerstrand Big Wood State Park for the first time. It’s just a little southeast of Northfield. Easy to get to. Parking on-premise is a...  more »
  • For starters ~ I can definitely say you’ll want to get there early! The parking lot gets packed fast! First time explorers had a blast (all ages) and enjoyed seeing the waterfall area. They did have.....  more »
  • Very pretty, lots of variety on the trails. Nice and easy trails. While the maps are fairly easy to read, it would be more helpful if they showed which trails were for which colored sign posts. More than once on the southern trail we ended up on the wrong trail because the sign posts only contained snowmobile indications. Bring a compass if you're planning on taking multiple trails. Other than that, there's lots of helpful and informative signs throughout the park.
  • Fun park for some hiking. The waterfall is cool but was very busy on a Saturday. Takes away from the ambience quite a bit. The trails are nice and the woods are very serene. I wish there was more than one parking lot to go to the hiking trails like most state parks have though. Not really worth the hour drive from the metro but it’s worth a trip if you’ve been to most state parks within an hour of the metro like in my case.

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