Explore 1330 acres of precious open space: a large lake, miles of trails, native prairies, woodlands, and diverse habitat for wildlife.
Experience the subtle, soothing sounds of the natural world - a rare commodity in our busy, noisy lives!
Get together with people who share your interests - whether fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, riding horseback, camping, swimming and much more.
Friends of Chester Woods approved the funding and volunteer labor to redeck a bridge to be placed in the park. This bridge will span a wet land area close to the current Legacy Trail. This new trail will provide an additional access by foot to the vast trail system on the west side of the park. The FOCW Board approved up to $5000 for the decking and steel to be installed at a later date for hand rails. FOCW volunteers worked weekly for 2 months to get this project done. These same volunteers also redecked an identical bridge that will replace a bridge on the Chester Lake Trail. The plan is to install each of these bridges in late 2020
Currently all revenues coming into Chester Woods is deposited into the county's general fund. This Olmsted County agreement with FOCW states that 1/2 of the revenues from both of the camper cabin's rental fees will go into a Chester Woods donation account. This will create a funding stream for many years to be used for park improvements and additional programming.
Chester Woods County Park has established a "Legacy Trail" close to the park office. The purpose of this paved trail is to have a location for our patrons to have a spot of solitude in the developed area, and a location where loved ones can be remembered. This remembrance is in the form of brass leaves which will be engraved and then secured to vertical metal art work. All proceeds in excess of the cost of the leaves will be used for enhancements in programming and facilities in Chester Woods.