Caron Falls Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Prior to settlement days in the 1930s, the sprawling expanse of maple-basswood forest known as the “Big Woods” covered over 5,000 square miles in a wide swath from Mankato to St. Cloud, including two-thirds of what later became Rice County. Agriculture claimed most of the woods, but remnant stands in southern Minnesota remain.
One sixty-acre vestige lives on today thanks to the foresight of the Caron family, who once farmed this land. The Carons offered to sell forty acres to the county, adding to an existing twenty, and the park is named for family patriarch Ferdinand Caron."