Winter Time at Camden State Park
As the snow lightly falls outside, you set out on a Saturday morning adventure. Picking up coffee, hot cocoa and sandwiches from Bagel's and Brew before cruising out of town. You're pointed southwest, and only 7 miles out of town you arrive at your destination.
Doesn't that sound like the start of a memorable Saturday? (Count me in!) Camden has everything for your outdoor recreation needs!
The park offers snowshoe rentals and houses a variety of different trails for snow shoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. They also have nearly 8 miles of un-groomed snowmobile trails within the park and many groomed trails that follow Highway 23 from Marshall to Camden! If you are in the hiking mood, take the Dakota Valley Trail for a beautiful snow covered overlook of the Redwood River Valley. While hiking you may see a variety of wildlife! Camden has many birding opportunities, and in winter you will commonly see a ring-necked pheasant, wild turkeys, red-tailed hawks, downy woodpeckers, and snow buntings.
If planning ahead, lodging is available at Camden.
The Redwood Lodge is a beautiful historic house built in 1935 and can be reserved year-round. It sleeps up to 8 people and has a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, and is located along the Redwood River, tucked in to the quiet trees. (Check out their website for availability.)
If just visiting for the day, you will find many areas to enjoy lunch or a snack in both the upper and lower picnic areas. When looking for which path to hike, snowmobile or sit for a snack—check out their website for detailed maps.