Old Mill State Park
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Old Mill State Park is located in the Red River Valley region of northern Minnesota, near
Thief River Falls and Newfolden.
to Get to Old
Mill State Park: Drive 11 miles west from Newfolden on County Road 4.
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The history of the park is commemorated with
landmarks like an old log cabin and a steam-powered flour mill. On Grinding
Day, the last Sunday in August, the grist mill is put into operation to
demonstrate its former use.
- Remnants of the old Pembina oxcart trail are still
visible. The trail marks the travel route once used by Indians, traders, and
early settlers to the area.
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Mills State Park’s Natural Attractions:
The Middle River meanders
through the park. Walk above the river on the swinging stone bridge near the
campground. Spring wildflowers add seasonal beauty near the river and in the
Hiking the wooded trails
may give you glimpses of the resident wildlife, including deer, beaver,
raccoon, and ruffed grouse. During spring and fall migrations, the park is
filled with birds like warblers and finches and, at times, magpies and scarlet
tanagers. Eagles and several species of hawks and owls are often observed here
to Do in Old Mill State Park: Enjoy the swimming beach,
picnic grounds, playground area, horseshoes, and volleyball. Interpretive
displays and naturalist programs are offered during the spring and summer
The 7 miles of hiking trails in the park include 1 mile
of self-guided trail. In winter, there are 4 miles of cross-country ski trails,
1.5 miles of snowmobiling trails, and 2.5 miles of snowshoeing trails. A
sliding hill and warming house with a wood stove add to the fun.
Camping in Old
Park: There are 26 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs; 10 sites have
electrical hookups. The one, tents-only, group campsite can accommodate up to
150 people. Picnic tables, fire rings,
showers, and flush toilets are available.
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More Attractions in This Region: Visit Thief River Falls,
the largest city in northwestern Minnesota. Learn about the Norwegian heritage in the area and tour the Arctic Cat snowmobile factory.
Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Lake Bronson State
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