Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Trails Loop

MODERATE 69 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

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24 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and nice trail.

1 month ago

Beautiful carpets of spring wildflowers

2 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Great Hike

9 months ago

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 :)

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Many trails to pick from. Cool nature walk close to home.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Completed this hike towards the end of May. I was impressed with the trail. It was well maintained and well marked. There were signs with a map of the trail placed at each intersection to keep hikers from straying from their desired path. There was a good deal of trail roped off near the waterfall (probably due to erosion from the swollen spring water levels?), and it took away from the overall beauty of the waterfall.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

before it gets too cold but cold enough to freeze the waterfall makes for a beautiful hike!

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