Old Mill State Park

Old Mill State Park

WPA Suspension bridge

Location

United States
46° 8' 45.4668" N, 94° 40' 28.8588" W

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

Marshall County. Off County 4 between Argyle and Newfolden. Highway map index: B-5.

As you walk into the clearing, it's as though you've stepped back into another century. To the left is Larson’s Mill, a simple building that was the business and social center for pioneer farmers. On the right, a log settler cabin faces the mill on the opposite side of the clearing. The gristmill is the pride of the park. It is operated once a year at the end of summer to demonstrate flour grinding.

During Grinding Days, visitors can purchase a bagful of fresh stone-ground flour or bran and get an earful of pioneer tales and lore. Groups can schedule a tour of the old mill.

The park has a 26-site campground with 10 electric sites with an RV limit of 67 feet. The group camp can hold 150 tents. The shower and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.

The 408-acre park has a spring fed swimming hole with a granite WPA beach house and picnic shelter. There is a one-mile nature trail and seven miles of hiking trails. In winter there are four miles of ski trails and one and a half miles of snowmobile trail.

The depression era, WPA buildings include a unique water tower.

 

 

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