Camden State Park
The narrow, steep Redwood River Valley is blanketed with dense woods, blessed with free-flowing spring water and provided refuge for Native Americans, settlers and travelers. The powerful prairie winds still blast across the open land and barrel up the river valley and in present-day Camden State Park, visitors come to explore and learn about the history of this place. Camden State Park is located three miles southwest of Lynd in Minnesota’s Lyon County. Read more …
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People visit Camden State Park to go hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Hikers like to explore about 16 miles of trails ranging from relatively flat walks in the restored open prairie to more challenging and rugged paths in the river valley. The park has about 5 miles of trails available for mountain biking and 10 miles of horse trails and most trails are shared use with each group. There’s also 1.7 miles of self-guided trails at Camden, including a prairie interpretive trail. A paved one-mile trail connects to the 9-mile paved Camden Regional Trail into nearby Marshall. Read about a trip to Marshall and a ride to the park
Camden’s upper and lower campgrounds are located at opposite ends of the park and offer a total of 80 sites. The upper campground, perched on top of the valley in the prairie is fairly open and the lower campground is near the Redwood River and popular swimming beach in denser woods. The park has a group camp with room for 50 and a horse camp with 12 sites.
The park has three historic sites: The first site at Camden is the Sioux Lookout, where Native Americans had a commanding view of the river valley. The second one is the site of an American Fur Company trading post. Fur Trader Joseph LaFramboise, was the first white settler in this area in the 1830s. In 1874 the village of Camden was established and turned into a bustling town with shops and a sawmill. Camden faded away in the 1930s and today the third historic site at Camden State Park marks the location of the Jones Mill.
The park is open to hiking and snowshoeing and skiing, but no groomed trails are available. Find southern Minnesota ski trails