Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Trails Loop

MODERATE 86 reviews

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Trails Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nerstrand, Minnesota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is best used from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.1 miles
626 feet

dogs on leash







wild flowers


16 days ago

Nice hiking trails, well marked, all trails loop so you can choose the length of your hike. Waterfall was a trickle today, but still worth seeing.

1 month ago

My favorite is early spring when falls are mostly still frozen to late spring with lots of wildflowers. muddy in spring past the falls but great for kids.

1 month ago

Well maintained trails , easy to get into trail running and hiking, good views and cover

1 month ago

Good hike in well maintained trails. Mostly shaded. Can get buggy if trails are wet. The waterfall is the main attraction and can get very busy. Shallow enough so kids can play in the stream. I liked the hiking sections in the south part of the park. It’s actually across the road from the visitors center. I would come back in the spring for the wildflowers.

1 month ago

Great, well-marked trail. The waterfall is easy to access and great for wading and playing. Easy hiking, even for younger kids. There are a lot of dogs on the trail. We found a leech after playing in the water.

1 month ago

Decent trails, well-marked and maintained. Lots to choose from- you can really hike as little or as much as you want. Good for running. The main attraction seems to be the waterfall, the rest of the trails are standard forest hikes it seems.

2 months ago

Good trail - steps in parts so don’t bring a stroller (or anything else you wouldn’t want to carry at times)

3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and nice trail.

4 months ago

Beautiful carpets of spring wildflowers

5 months ago

Great day hiking. Trails are icy. You need ice cleats.

10 months ago

Nice hike, the portion south of the road was pretty wet yesterday.

11 months ago

Very good park, very good trail. I love the waterfall after heavy rains. Fall is a great time to go here.

11 months ago

Great Hike

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Great day hike, many small trails to make it as short or long as you want. After hiking most of the quiet park, my pup and I hiked up the stream from the falls a few miles and that was my favorite part. I went barefoot, but next time I will bring my Chacos - it was pretty rocky :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

This offers different hikes of varying length so you can choose your own adventure. Don't forget mosquito repellent!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Grew up in SE PA and l love closed-canopy deciduous forests. This is a lovely park and an easy but fun hike. Waterfall is lovely and you'll see lots of deer, forest birds, mature trees, and woodland plants.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Easy trail for hiking. Fully shaded and very relaxing.
Waterfall was quite pleasant.
Spotted 3 deers on the trail. Enjoyed!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fairly easy trail for hiking. Literally 100% tree covered, so if it's large trees and shaded canopy you're looking for, this is a good hike. Not much else to view other than the waterfall. Basically saw zero wildlife, but it was a hot day (92 degrees) so maybe they were laying low. About 8 miles

Monday, May 29, 2017

Awesome place to hike. Little muddy today because of recent rain. The Falls are beautiful and the ferns are everywhere. Beautiful park!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great trails, well marked. Love the waterfall.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great trails to bring your K9's on. The scenery doesn't change much but it is pretty to be in those old trees. Summer and fall have much more to look at. I usually go here for a weekend hike when the dog parks are over crowded. Still see a lot of people but there is space to spread out on the trails. Nice wide paths.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Can be really muddy but other than that the family and I love it!!! Only 40min from Rochester

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Great hike any time of the year!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My family loved this place, the waterfall is the best part!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nice hike

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beautiful and enjoyed the cooling down by the waterfall.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

so gorgeous❤️

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Great for a family outing!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Great day hike. Wonderful tall Oaks with streams and a beautiful small waterfall.

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