Glendalough State Park is located in the Heartland region of Minnesota near Battle Lake.
How to Get to Glendalough State Park: Drive 1.5 miles north of Battle Lake on State Highway 78, and then 1.8 miles east on Ottertail County Highway 16.
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Glendalough's Natural Attractions: The park remained mostly undeveloped by previous owners, and still offers pristine marsh, forest, and prairie as well as nine miles of undeveloped shoreline around six lakes. Waterfowl are plentiful here, including our state bird, the loon. Eagles nest in the trees in the park, and deer are commonly seen.
Things to Do in Glendalough State Park: Rent a canoe, kayak, or rowboat to get out on the lakes. The creeks that connect the lakes allow for extensive exploration. A canoe-access fishing pier is available, and a floating observation blind on one lake makes for "up close" waterfowl viewing. Beaches and picnic areas are available on two sandy lakes for campers and day visitors alike.
Hiking trails and a paved biking trail take you through the variety of terrain and to all of the lakes. Come in spring to see a profusion of wildflowers, and in autumn for fall color viewing. In winter, you can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes.
Camping in Glendalough State Park: Many campers believe the campground here to be one of the state's best. Twenty-two campsites are walk-in/cart-in sites; 2 sites are canoe-in. There are no drive-in sites. Carts are available at no charge. Campsites are within 200 yards of the parking lot, yet are well separated by trees. Two group sites accommodate groups of 20 and 40 people. Four year-round camper cabins can be reserved by calling the park. Picnic tables, fire rings, showers, and flush and vault toilets are provided. Lack of vehicle traffic makes for quiet camping.
More Attractions in This Region: Visit Phelps Mill, just north of the park, to see all the original flour milling equipment and learn about the process. The second weekend in July you could attend the Phelps Mill Festival, an art and music festival. Explore Battle Lake, Minnesota.
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