Elm Creek Park Reserve & Eastman Nature Center12400 James Deane Pkwy
Maple Grove, MN 55369
From I-94 exit at Maple Grove Parkway, turn right/N. Turn R on Co. Rd 81 for 1/3 mile. For rec area, go east for 1 mile, go left on Elm Creek Blvd. For Eastman, Turn L on Co Rd 121/Fernbrook Ln Turn R on Elm Creek Rd. Nature Center is 2/3 mileGet Directions
The park features more than 20 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, miles of turf hiking trails, a chlorinated swimming pond, children’s play area, nature center, picnic pavilions and picnicking sites, archery course, an off-leash pet exercise area, 18K of cross-country ski trails (including lighted trails and a trail with snowmaking), a lighted tubing hill with tube rental and snowmaking, a beginner-level downhill ski/snowboard area with snowmaking and skijoring trails.
Eastman Nature Center in Elm Creek Park Reserve, features; quiet reading and observation rooms, larger classrooms, an exhibit area with wildlife watching, all-new professional exhibits, an open-air deck, a small coffee service, public wi-fi signal, and an after-hours restroom.
Hours & Dates
Nature Center Hours (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Park Grounds (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Thursday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
No parking fee. Private naturalist programs and birthday parties can be arranged for a separate fee. Fee for most family nature programs. Some free classes or demonstrations.
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 206 reviews
There is nothing negative to say about this park! We love going here all year round and just bought a house that backs up to the preserve. So many trails, great park, nice swimming spot, and so many...
— clearwater4010, February 8, 2020
My kids love this park. We were able to watch are kids from the shade. Highly recommended this park.
— jack3757, January 24, 2020
Elm Creek Park has a lot to offe. From swimming and biking trails in the summer, to cross country skiing and tubing in the winter, Elm Creek never disappoints.
— gglieder, November 5, 2019
The Three Rivers Park system which Elm Creek Park Reserve is a part have excellent paved trails. Many of the trails go through heavily wooded forests. There are areas that go through neighborhoods...
— Linda C, October 27, 2019
We took our toddler here and he had a great time!! He was able to climb and slide and swing and play hide and seek. The slides for older kids look awesome too. Great little area for him to burn some...
— soccerjess10, September 21, 2019