Get back to nature in Carver County

Once filled with hardwood forests and woodlands, there are still many opportunities to experience the beautiful old-growth forests that led folks to reference Carver County as the “Big Woods.” Many regional, county and city parks and preserves maintain four-season trails that wind through maple, oak, poplar and pine forests. Several regional urban and rural trail systems run through cities, allowing for convenient rest stops to grab a bite or sample a local brewery’s wares before hitting the path again.

Carver County Regional Parks

Residents and visitors are extremely fortunate to have access to three exceptional regional parks managed by Carver County.

Three Rivers Park District 

The Three Rivers Park District encompasses over 27,000 acres of parks and trails in the region, much of which is in Carver County. It serves as an excellent example of environmental stewardship through recreation and education.

Other notable trails

There are many community parks within the county. Please visit our City Parks page for further information.


Carver County Regional Parks

Baylor Regional Park Photo

Baylor Regional Park

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Photo

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park

Lake Waconia Regional Park Photo

Lake Waconia Regional Park


Three Rivers Park District

Carver Park Reserve Photo

Carver Park Reserve

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail Photo

Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail



Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photo

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Other Notable Trails

City of Carver Trails Photo

City of Carver Trails

Chanhassen Trails Photo

Chanhassen Trails

Chaska Trails Photo

Chaska Trails

Dakota Rail Regional Trail Photo

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

Hawks Ridge Trails Photo

Hawks Ridge Trails

Victoria Trails Photo

Victoria Trails

Watertown Trails Photo

Watertown Trails