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Whitetail Woods Regional Park, 17100 Station Trail, Farmington, MN 55024
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Whitetail Woods Regional Park is a nearly-500 acre county park in Farmington. Family-friendly amenities include Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area and camper cabins. The park borders the Vermillion Highlands Modified Wildlife Management Area to the east and the Vermillion River Wildlife and Aquatic Management areas to the south.

Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area at Whitetail Woods Regional Park
Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area at Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area at Whitetail Park

One of Anne’s favorite nature play areas in the Twin Cities, Fawn Crossing features natural fort-building materials like sticks, rocks, stumps and logs  for climbing and balancing, sand and water pumps for building and sculpting and many other features to encourage exploring and other nature-inspired activities. The play area is open daily from 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Map

Dakota county offers seasonal maps on the park’s page and through Avenza app, including:

  • Summer Map
  • Winter Map
  • Camper Cabins Map
  • All Seasons Map

Whitetail Woods Camper Cabins

The park offers year-round camping in heated camper cabins. While these cabins are considered “primitive” because the restrooms are located nearby, this Whitetail Woods Camper Cabin review by Treehugger calls these cabins, the “Nicest Camper Cabins in All of Minnesota.”  The cabins do offer electricity, heat, overhead lighting/fans, and wi-fi. So, your family is free to decide how much “modern intrusions” (television, video games or radio) you would like to allow. Up to six people can stay in each cabin, which have a set of bunk beds and two daybeds. Make your reservation up to a year in advance, which you will likely need to do to find an opening. Plan to leave your Fido behind; this is a pet-free area.

Summer Camps at Dakota County Parks

Kids between the ages of 4 and 14, can attend outdoor, sports and nature-themed summer camp at Dakota County Parks. Camps include archery, mountain biking, wilderness survival and nature themes. Find more camps like this: 2022 Twin Cities Summer Camps: Nature & Outdoor Adventure Camps.

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