Nerstrand Big Woods State Park9700 170th St E
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.Get Directions
Part of the original "Big Woods," this park is known for its spring wildflowers, large hardwood trees, and fall color. Take the boardwalk trail or hike to Hidden Falls. The best way to see the beauty of this park is on foot, on 11 miles of hiking trails. In winter,Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the park except on groomed trails, and roped-off, sensitive areas, 4 miles of snowmobile trail.
Hours & DatesPark permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate.
Book an online reservation 24 hours a day.
Phone reservations can be made by calling 866-857-2757 (TTY: 952-936-4008) Apr–Sep, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
- Hiking trail
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Snowshoes available
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Transportation-related policies or programs
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to people with disabilities
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Total number of campsites: 51
- Total number of campsites available in winter: 7
- Camping accessible to people with disabilities
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hookups available in winter
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
Based on 70 reviews
One of our favorites on our SE Mn State Park Adventure. The hike down to the falls was nice along with the tour of the White Oak trail. If you need help with balance, walking sticks are a definite...
— Ginnie A, September 6, 2021
We stopped in to do some hiking. We took the Hidden Falls loop trails. It was a fairly easy trail, with some elevation change, down to the falls.
The trail was mostly crushed gravel. There were...
— AndyB5542, July 23, 2021
My husband and I camped here with our two dogs in late May. Hiking trails had variable levels of difficulty but not too challenging. Beautiful forest scenery and wildflowers surrounded the trails...
— MNexplorer23, May 23, 2021
We had a very fun visit on our waterfall MN tour. The falls are beautiful. Easy hiking. Home to the rare dwarf lily and there was a nice couple providing education about the flowers if requested...
— wewegon, April 11, 2021
This is one of the prettiest state parks in southern Minnesota. There are numerous wooded hiking trails, waterfalls, and activities for all ages.
One of many y favorite parts of this park is Hidden...
— workhardplayhard27, March 4, 2021