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Whitetail Woods Regional Park – Camper Cabins

My family recently spend two wonderful nights in a pine view camper cabin at Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Farmington, Minnesota. I was very excited for this trip as it’s been on my bucket list for a while. From the moment I saw photos of their camper cabins I knew I had to stay in one. In this blog I will tell you all about the camper cabins and our experience.

Details:

Location: 17100 Station Trail, Farmington, MN 55024
Our Stay: Late May – Early June 2021 – Myself, my husband, our two kids (7&5)
Bedding: Bunk bed with full-size over queen-size bed with mattresses — top bunk includes railing, Pull-out queen-sized sleeper sofa with mattress (Provide your own bedding and linens)
Seating: Table with four chairs, Two folding chairs, Two Adirondack deck chairs
Indoor Space: Electricity, heat, overhead lighting and outlets. Ceiling Fan, Air conditioning available in Prairie View Cabins only. Wi-Fi (website states service can be spotty but we had no problems)
Outdoor Space: Picnic table, Fire ring, Firewood available for purchase at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for $6/bundle.  Firewood can also be purchased from DNR approved vendors.
Bathrooms & Water Supply: Nearby accessible restrooms with showers with drinking fountain, water bottle filler and spigot
Accessibility: All cabins are accessible. Pine Forest Cabin #3 and both Prairie View Cabins (#4-5) are ADA compliant.
Parking: Parking is free. Vehicles must be parked in the designated camper cabin parking lot. Place parking pass on windshield. If you are not able to print your pass prior to your stay, have no worries! They have some available in the guest book inside your cabin.

Night view

Our Experience:

We arrived on Memorial Day for our two night stay in Pine View cabin #1. Thanks to a tip from another local blogger we knew to first walk to the cabin to check it out, and to pick up our cart to transport our gear down to the cabin. This made it super easy and the roads are paved so it was easy to maneuver.

Parking area

Cart for carrying in gear

Cabin Entrance

Cabin Exterior

We were pleased to find that the bathrooms were located nice and close to the cabin. They were a short walk up a small hill. It was nice because my husband could see the entrance to the bathroom and almost the whole walk from our front door. So when I went to the bathroom later, and alone, he could watch out for me. The bathrooms were clean, and the shower were also quite nice.

Bathroom and Shower House

The cabin itself is beautiful. We loved all the little details. The kids loved the bunk beds of course and spent most of their time playing on the top bunk. We loved that the beds had lights and little shelves to put your water on at night.

Bunk Beds

Bed lights and shelf

Cabin interior

The view from the cabin and the pine forest is beautiful. The porch is very nice as well. We loved sitting in the chairs listening to and watching the birds. It was also very cool that they had hooks to put up a hammock! We wished we would have packed ours.

View from the porch and cool fort for kids play

Hammock hook

The cabin is heated, and while we were there on a day where we would have rather had AC, we didn’t need it. The cabin stayed nice and cool despite the 88 degree weather. The ceiling fan is really great!

Beautiful place!

The fire pit area was great. There was a nice table that we used for art by the fire, and it was also nice that the kiddos could see the fire pit from the windows by the bunk beds. When they went in for the night it was nice to be able to hear them through the windows and they felt comfortable knowing they could see us. The fire ring also had a nice grate for cooking over the fire. We had a delicious steak dinner one of the nights we stayed.

View from fire pit

Fire Pit Area

Steak, bacon wrapped potatoes, and veggie kabob

Evening Art

It is also nice that they provide a tub to wash dishes, a gallon of fresh water, cleaning supplies, and garbage and recycling supplies. It was very easy to clean up after ourselves when it was time for checkout.

Counter & provided cleaning supplies

Another really cool thing we learned about these cabins are that they were made by high school students. There is a small plaque inside that explains it. This would be such a cool thing to be a part of as a high school student.

Such a cool cabin!

We stayed in the pine view cabins and we loved that. The prairie view cabins do also look fantastic. There are two of them and they are both ADA compliant. I was able to capture a few photos of the cabins! =)

Prairie View Exterior

Fire pit in relation to cabin

Prairie side view

Beautiful fire pit and picnic area

Our Tips & Thoughts:

  • When you arrive walk to your cabin first to get the cart to transport your gear
  • Don’t forget your own sleeping bags or linens
  • Do nightly or more often tick checks. We saw a number of ticks during our stay
  • The top bunk has a railing but it is quite small and seems not super effective for young kids. I slept with my youngest on the top bunk, an my husband and daughter took the bottom 😉
  • There is a lot of noise pollution in this area, low flying planes (you are near the airport), four wheelers, farm equipment, hikers, your neighbors, we even had a photographer doing an engagement shoot very close by. It wasn’t awful at all, but something to be aware of. The cabins looks more in the middle of nowhere than they feel.
  • You are close to your neighbors but there is also enough foliage that you can’t really see them, Our fire pit felt mostly private but I was constantly shushing my energetic kiddos 🙂
  • When you leave, clean up and leave the cabin as you found it. We loved that all the cleaning supplies and garbage bags were provided. It made this very easy.
  • The showers have great water pressure, bathrooms were clean, water bottle filling station was very convenient.
  • Don’t miss Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area (Blog soon to come on this awesome park)
  • Our kids liked having their scooters along!

Mikey and his Lemurs

Scooting around

Link to Book

To book your stay: CLICK HERE

I hope this information and our tips made you excited to book a stay at the Whitetail Woods Regional Park camper cabins. We loved our stay! They do book up far in advance so start checking for dates today. We got lucky and found a random cancelation! Maybe you will get lucky too. Also, stay tuned for my blog soon to come on the Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area. This play area is within Whitetail Woods Regional Park! It is must do during your stay! =)

Much Love & Happy Travels,

Lacey

 

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