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Carroll’s Woods, 3335 142nd St W, Rosemount, MN 55068, USA
651) 322-6011
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tue. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wed. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thu. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fri. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. 08:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Carroll’s Woods is a 40-acre wooded natural area in Rosemount.  Formerly a dairy farm owned by the Carroll family, it is now owned by the city and operated by the parks department. Family-friendly amenities include walking paths and natural areas.  This park is in the general vicinity of other, move developed, parks, including Erickson Park, Schwarz Pond Park and Central Park. It is accessible from Rosemount Highschool and Schwarz Pond Park.

8 Ideas for Family Fun at Carroll’s Woods

  1. Search for native wildflowers. Note that picking is illegal in all Rosemount parks. Bring a camera or sketchpad to record your finds.
  2. Take a Hike. Carroll’s Woods features both paved and natural trails through a rolling woodland
  3. Play Hide & Go Seek. If the kids are older, establish a base, pick a seeker and let everyone else hide.  While the seeker is looking for hidden players, they can run back to base to be safe.  For younger kids, just close your eyes and count to 10. You probably don’t want them to get to far in a woods by themselves.
  4. Go Birdwatching. You don’t really need any special gear when walking in the woods, but if you want to make it an adventure, we have created a Birding Checklist of What to Pack Bird Watching.
  5. Climb Trees. The city does not have any tree-climbing ordinances, but it is illegal to damage trees, so we would recommend caution and parental supervision both for your own safety and the protection of limbs and branches.
  6. Woodland Scavenger Hunt. Our friends at Doing Good Together have created this Nature Scavenger Hunt, or you could make your own based on the season. For a more impromptu game, you could play Eye Spy as you explore.
  7. Practice Mapping Skills. The city has created this trail map encompassing both Carroll’s Woods and Schwarz Pond Park that may be useful when exploring. There are three suggested routes ranging from 0.9 miles to 2 miles in length.  If you are printing a scavenger hunt, you could print the map on the flip side and mark where you find each scavenger item on the map.
  8. Volunteer for buckthorn or garlic mustard removal events or for the annual spring clean up.

Robin feeding its young.
A hike in the woods is a great place for a family birding adventure.

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