7.5 Good

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: 44.32717
Longitude: -93.10542

Elevation: 1199' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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4 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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: 3

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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