7.5 Good
Nerstrand, Minnesota

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Nerstrand, Minnesota

9700 170th St E
Nerstrand, Minnesota 55053
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 52
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 44.327171439762
Longitude: -93.105418682098

Elevation: 1199' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Review Details

Ratings overview

4 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We choose this campground based on previous reviews. If you spend the time driving to Northfield, coming in from that way, it is much faster. Coming out from Faribault means dusty gravel roads. Coming up 35W from the south and jumping off at exit 43 means driving a county road that jack hammered our truck camper so badly, after a mile we turned around and drove up 35W to Faribault and went to the park. Folks were pleasant despite my own confusion about our reservation. This is a small heavily wooded park so anticipate heavy forest and lots of biting insects (at least for us in June). Northfield, MN. is a short drive and is a neat college town with a historic downtown. We ate dinner at the old hotel there where the menu was interesting, but the food varied from very good to very ordinary. The campground itself is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. We stayed for just one night and it was wet and damp as it had been raining. The shower was clean with plenty of hot water, but whomever takes care of the maintenance left the floor in the restroom area covered with hair which did not go down the floor drain so be sure to bring something to keep on your feet if you use the facilities. The hook-ups were water and electric, we used 30 amps, and both were fine. We stayed in this campground mid-week and it was not close to full, although that may change on the weekend. I think the sites were supposed to be gravel, but I have a hunch that was years ago as they were mostly dirt of mud. Overall this reminds us of many Minnesota state parks where demand seems outstrip value for dollar spent. We will not stay at this campground again. If you seek wooded solitude, this may be the one for you. We camped at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in a Truck Camper.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Northfield, it is a neat college town.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first trip of the season. The campground is well laid out with adequate privacy. Public facilities were clean and well maintained. There were private shower rooms available. I manager to sever my trailer wiring harness during set up. The campground host was very helpful and spent over an hour actually doing the repair. No phone service or internet available. We camped at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nerstrand State Park is one of the closest parks to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul that offers camping facilities. The park is sited on roughly 1400 acres of land originally platted as 20 acre woodlots for the farmers who settled the surrounding area. The land is unremarkable except for a small waterfall on an unnavigable river. Recent park management has emphasized development of the trail system. The campground is unchanged since the 1970s except for the removal water supplies to individual campsites in accordance with current statewide park policy. Electric is 30a only. Sites are more closely spaced than most other state parks. The park is located away from major roads and provides a quiet, secluded environment with a trail system that crosses a variety of ecological niches, prairie and forest. Despite the lack of a focal point and the somewhat dated campground design and facilities, the park offers an enjoyable weekend getaway close to the cities. We camped at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a State Park that has so much to offer. It has miles of hiking trails, a nice water fall that is just a short hike from the campground. It has a playground and geo caching. It is very quiet and wooded. We stayed in site 7 because we did not have reservations but it was a nice site and would stay there again. We will be back. If you are planning on a weekend in the summer make sure you have reservations or get there early enough to get a non reservable site. We camped at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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