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.
Residents and visitors are extremely fortunate to have access to three exceptional regional parks managed by Carver County.
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
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park
Lake Waconia Regional Park
Three Rivers Park District
Carver Park Reserve
Minnesota River Bluffs Regional Trail
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Other Notable Trails
City of Carver Trails
Dakota Rail Regional Trail
Hawks Ridge Trails