Mount Tom, Sibley State Park Professional Review and Guide
"A climb up Mount Tom- the highest point within a 50-mile radius. Sibley State Park and Mount Tom are located in the north-central part of Kandiyohi County. Kandiyohi is a Dakota word meaning “lakes.” Needless to say, this county lives up to its name with 361 lakes, or a lake for about every 2 square miles of area. The park is named for Henry Hasting Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota. He mentioned this as his favorite hunting grounds.
A variety of hardwoods grow here, from oak and ironwood on the hills to basswood near Lake Andrew. At one time, native prairies surrounded the park and its drier upper slopes; today, the DNR is restoring a few of these through prescribed burns. Most of the park, though, is covered with a dense deciduous forest common to the Hardwood Hills. The park has several trails and loops, including a canoe route that connects four lakes. Special attractions: observation tower with a 360-degree view, beach on Lake Andrew."