Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is home to one of the last remnants of Big Woods and the federally endangered, rare, endemic Minnesota dwarf trout lily—which you can admire and photograph along the featured hike. Rolling hills and valleys, oak savannas, prairie remnants, and a meandering creek with its Hidden Falls, lush plant life, and looping trail system make this a park well worth visiting. The park also encompasses a demonstration dairy farm designed to promote sustainable rotational grazing through cooperative efforts between the Department of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and the farm family.
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