The Kilen Woods State Park is located in Lakefield, Minnesota. It can be accessed by car via 860th Street and is adjacent to the Des Moines River. It is often visited by locals in the area so not quite a bustling tourist destination, but it offers a perfect getaway for those wanting to be surrounded by nature.
This state park is known for being peaceful and quiet. If you’re looking for that, this is the place! However, if you and the pup prefer a bit of action, perhaps Kilen Woods isn’t your scene. It may be best to visit here during the spring for birdwatching and Spring Wildflowers. Hiking and camping are also a highlight during the warmer months.
Just like many of the other state parks, Kilen Woods is home to a robust campground. The grounds have about 37 total campsites for tents, RVs, and trailers. It is available for campers year round (even the cold, winter months). The area is electric, has a central lodge, and most importantly, pets are allowed.
Be sure to keep pups on a leash until acclimated to their surroundings. If they are off leash, do be sure they are always in sight to not disturb other guests or dogs. Once settled into the campground, take a hike on the park’s three-mile loop trail. The path is within a forest setting and not very strenuous making it perfect for Fido and hikers of all levels.
If the pooch comes with you, he must stay on a leash for the duration of the walk. This path is likely to be most beautiful in the fall due to the changing color of the leaves. Overall, Kilen Woods State Park is family and pet-friendly. There’s not much to do however with a few close friends and some dogs; it makes for an enjoyable quick adventure.