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Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

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Address: 9700 170 St E, Nerstrand, MN 55053
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+1 507-334-8848

Scenic park whose forest is part of the Big Woods.

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Lovely Waterfall, Nice, Quiet Hiking Trails

My best friend and I went hiking through Nerstrand Big Woods on a lovely October Monday. It was a perfect place for talking while getting lots of steps on leaf-filled trails. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My best friend and I went hiking through Nerstrand Big Woods on a lovely October Monday. It was a perfect place for talking while getting lots of steps on leaf-filled trails. It was an enjoyable and easy hike around the looping trails. I did find the signs they put up by the trails a bit challenging to read. The first... More 

Thank MNAuthor
Northfield, Minnesota
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Make plans to visit this park next spring to view the flowers! Nerstrand Woods is one of the best places to view these beautiful flowers in abundance! The forest floor is literally white with blooms!

1 Thank poolboy12
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This park packs a lot into a modest sized package. The scenery is beautiful. I can't wait to see it with the Fall colors. The trails are user friendly to most anybody that is modestly physically fit and stable. I wouldn't recommend wheel chairs or scooters due to the mud and the trails aren't completely level. There are two areas... More 

1 Thank Jean W
Dundas, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We love this state park. We live close but visit often as for the park changes daily with the seasons. Great family gathering site whether you want to hike or just relax with a BBQ

1 Thank Kelly S
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The falls is a small hike and back if you don't have a lot of time. If you like there are longer hikes and plenty of options for camping as well. Or you can just go for a day picnic and enjoy the old shade trees .The flowers vary by the time of year, but always something to see.

3 Thank Melanie C
Savage, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

We are avid campers at MN state parks, so having seen a few, I feel like I can offer a decent bit of insight. First, as the title indicates, the park itself is a forest oasis in farm country. The trails are in good shape, if a bit muddy in spots (even when it hasn't rained for a week or... More 

2 Thank catfishcorsair
Rochester, Minnesota
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Love the hikes and waterfall. We'll be back for more hiking and possible camping. One of the trails was muddy and hard to navigate due to rain. They also have a picnic shelter & sand volleyball. The park staff were helpful.

Thank Becky H
Mankato Minnesota
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the campground for two nights. Our site had electric and water. The restrooms were clean and modern. The Rangers patrolled the park regularly.

Thank Jill G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This is a fabulous MN State Park. The winding trails through the tall trees are beautiful! Very nice campground and very friendly staff!! The only reason this review is not a 5 is because of the tight quarters in the campground; sites are somewhat close with minimal seclusion and it was a tight fit getting into our site and making... More 

Thank VFerguson81
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

If you're looking for a great place to camp or have a picnic this is a spot to try. They call it the big woods because that's what it is. They have many trails you can walk and enjoy the scenery.

Thank ekhomme

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