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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 no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone ?
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup ?
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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5 Reviews

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Come in on HWY 35, otherwise you'll be on a dirt road. Nice park. Friendly Staff. No camp store. Have to buy/use their wood. Heavily wooded sites. Some sites are short and hard to get into. Only saw a few pull throughs. We were in Site 21, very hard to get in. Couldn't put out awning due to trees. Bathroom/showers were VERY nice. Had private shower rooms. The hike to hidden falls is a must. 20 minute drive to Northfield, cute town with shops and restaurants. I'm giving the site an average rating due to difficulty getting in. Once in the site it was large and very private. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A MINNESOTA STATE PARK PASS they charge $7 per day for day use on top of the camping fee. This is per car. We camped at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Nice Hiking. We went for "Defeat of Jesse James Days" in Northfield. Campground was full. Lots of tents/families. Very quiet. Campground host (Harland) was very nice and walked the campground frequently to see if anyone needed anything or to just chat. Would be pretty tough to get anything bigger than 30 ft. through the campground.

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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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
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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