This morning I had a chance to visit the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Dakota County Minnesota. The park is located 25 minutes south of Minneapolis off of Interstate 35.
The park is designed for the average family to enjoy a day in the park and to get closer to nature. With approximately 10 miles of easy wide dirt paths, they are very well signed, making it almost impossible to get lost. There are two trailheads, first is just past the entrance and the second is in the center of the park next to the lake.
The park is very dog and kid friendly. There’s a nearby dog park affiliated to the main park, but 50 percent of the visitors meandered with a four-legged friend. As for the children, there is a play area called Fawn Crossing, providing kids a safe place to play. Fawn Crossing has several teepees, water pumps, a sledding hill and sandboxes.
For the adventurous camper, the bad news is there are no campsites. However, there are a few beautiful camper cabins that are tucked away in a wonderful pine forest. Make sure you plan ahead, reservations go very quick.
Overall it is a great park for day hikes, trail running and for the family.