Nerstrand–Big Woods State Park, Big Woods Trail

Nerstrand, Minnesota 55053

Nerstrand–Big Woods State Park, Big Woods Trail

Nerstrand–Big Woods State Park, Big Woods Trail Professional Review and Guide

"You have to know the human history of this park to fully appreciate these big woods. What remains is part of a presettlement hardwood forest that covered more than 5,000 acres hundreds of years ago. When pioneers settled here in the mid-1800s, they had the foresight to set up a small series of wooded lots that would remain unlogged.

Theirs was a conservation effort based on utility—they wanted to make sure they had a sustainable supply of firewood as the woodlands fell to the clearing ax for farmland. These plots were marked out in what is now the center of Nerstrand–Big Woods State Park. Created in the 1940s, this park preserved 1,280 acres of those wooded lots."

Nerstrand–Big Woods State Park, Big Woods Trail Reviews

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1/7/2008
Awesome state park within the souther suburbs. The trail offers rolling hills with one or two steep sections. During winter months be sure to head over to the very west section of the park. This area is open till 10 PM, the other areas close before 5 PM.
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Trail Information

Nerstrand
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2–2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
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Jul 2018