About Quarry Park & Nature Preserve

Quarry Park and Nature Preserve currently contains 684 acres. It is the largest in the Stearns County Parks system. The park has much to offer for those who love the outdoors.

Natural features include scenic woodlands, open prairie, wetlands, and unquarried bedrock areas.  Plant life includes everything from oaks and aspens to yellow ladyslippers, Indian paintbrush, and prickly pear cactus.  Man-made features include sizable hills composed of quarried rock remnants (grout piles).

The Park is open year-round. It is open from 8:00 AM to one-half hour after sunset. After a snow fall of 4 or more inches, the park is open for Cross Country Sking until 10 PM.

Amenities: Granite reflecting pools, Two swimming quarries, Scientific and Natural Areas, Mountain bike paths over billion-year-old bedrock, Trout fishing, Picnic Area, Hiking Trails, Geocaching, Derrick Exhibit, Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Cross Country Ski Trails, Winter walking/dog walking/Snowshoeing/Fat Tire Bicycle trails,

Permits: A vehicle parking permit is required at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The revenues generated from the fees are used to maintain park facilities. 

New Rates Effective January 1, 2022

The Annual Vehicle Parking Permit: $25

Daily Parking Permit:

  • $5.00 Labor Day thru Memorial Day
  • $10.00 Memorial Day thru Labor Day