At Woodson Cabins, it is our goal to offer you just the right mix of relaxation and adventure. Some of our guests seldom leave the resort during their stay. Others want to experience everything they possibly can. We leave those decisions up to you!
There is certainly plenty to do in Nevis and the surrounding area. In your cabin, you will find a welcome binder with information and flyers describing recreational opportunities, entertainment, sites to see, and dining nearby. Here is a sample of what you will find.
Check out Evergreen Park Family Fun Center 10 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway-71. It is open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Includes: Go-Carts, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, Train Rides, Climbing Wall, Water Wars, Bumper Boats, Giant Maze, Super Bounce, and Extreme Air Jump. Inside there is also a great snack bar and gift shop.
The DNR and Hubbard County operate a network of all-terrain/off-highway vehicle trails on state and county forestland. Visit the Minnesota DNR site for maps and other information. Riders may enjoy hundreds of miles of trail through remote areas other individuals may never get to see. The natural surroundings put them in touch with the true beauty of northern Minnesota. Signs now guide visitors through the Paul Bunyan and Badoura State Forest. The Stompin’ Grounds (218.652.2964) and Bunyan’s (218.652.2964) near Akeley are happy to provide trail information for the Paul Bunyan State Forest and surrounding area. The Round River Drive Trail can be reached from Highway-64, 4.5 miles north of Akeley. The Forest Riders Club also maintains a trail that runs through parts of Becker and Hubbard County and can be accessed at the Two Inlets Town Hall.
What do you do with the kids on a rainy day? The entire family may enjoy bowling at Lori Lea Lanes in Park Rapids (218.732.4229). We suggest calling before dropping in. There are 8 lanes, pool, darts, and arcade games. Also includes: Pizza Ranch and Mexican Restaurant.
A canoe trip can be a quiet, refreshing activity for two or an invigorating family adventure. While in the Nevis area we suggest planning a trip down the Crow Wing River. Contact Huntersville Canoe Outfitters they will assist with all aspects of planning a trip – rental, instruction, and transportation.
Character Challenge Course is the place to build character, overcome your fears, learn to trust others, and believe in yourself. Enjoy a family thrill-seeking adventure featuring a 370-foot zip line and massive 3G swing. Certified facilitators are there to help you. Located north of Park Rapids it is one of our newest attractions.
Are you looking for a spot to continue your regular workout routine during your stay? The closest place is the Nevis School Community Fitness Center; however, it is not your only option. Inquire about others:
There is a challenging five-hole course right in Nevis. Located on city property, it is free and open to the public. You need to bring your own frisbees, scorecards are available.
Geocaching is a scavenger hunt with a high-tech twist. You need a (GPS) Global Positioning System receiver to locate a cache. Caches are containers that have been hidden. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at the location. Be sure you leave the cache exactly how you found it so others can have fun finding it too. Most caches are located on state or federal land easily accessed by hikers and bikers. A few are hidden on private property. Minnesota has its own geocaching association you can explore on www.mngca.org. Some of the state parks offer workshops. Currently, the DNR is offering a Geocaching Avian Adventure program in the state parks.
Looking to golf a round during your stay on Lake Belle Taine? The area has many great courses to pick from, whether you are hoping to enjoy a quick nine or spend the weekend on the greens.
We recommend the Pine River Riding Stable. It is located on a 240-acre ranch approximately 45 minutes from here. It is a bit of a drive, but the experience is worth the travel time. With around 130 horses on the ranch, there is a mount suited to both your size and experience level. Guides are well qualified and able to arrange an enjoyable ride for both the novice and experienced rider. The stable is open seven days a week but requests that you call to make a reservation.
In the spring and fall, it is refreshing to tramp through the woods. During the summer, it can get a bit hot during the day, but what a great way to start your morning or cool off in the evening. People of all ages are invigorated by a stroll down a backwoods trail or a walk around the lake. We have many paths to explore! Some require more endurance than others. We recommend downloading the AllTrails app or visiting www.alltrails.com for descriptions, difficulty rates, and routes. A good option is the North Country National Scenic Trail, which travels through the state of Minnesota and is the longest continuous footpath across North America. It cuts through the Chippewa National Forest, the Paul Bunyan State Forest, and then winds through Itasca State Park before cutting back toward Bad Medicine Lake. Learn more about both the Heartland Trail and Paul Bunyan Trail paths here.
Looking to mini-golf? Visit Shenanigan in downtown Nevis! It is open seven days a week during the summer months. It is a family fun center where you can enjoy a relaxing game of mini-golf or cool off with a water balloon fight that is fun for the entire family. Inquire at Muskie Water Co. across the street, which is home to delicious ice cream, sandwiches, sweets, and coffee.
The Martineau Trail is an off-highway motorcycle trail with two loops totaling 105 miles located in the southern part of the Paul Bunyan State Forest. Access to the trail is located 5.5 miles north of Akeley off Highway-64. When you reach the trail marker, note Loop #1 travels to the west, Loop #2 runs to the east. There is also a 58-mile motorcycle trail in the Huntersville State Forest. It is a good alternative to the more technical Martineau trail. These are multi-use trails so it is important to exercise caution. Maps and information are available on the Minnesota DNR website.
Are you interested in learning to sail? Take the family sailing on beautiful Leech Lake. It is a great hands-on experience while under the watchful eye of a licensed captain. Call ahead at Fleet Sails to make arrangements.
Visitors are welcome at the Northstar Sportsmen’s Club (218.547.3936) shooting range north of Walker. This is a community-based, non-profit organization that gives the community and surrounding area a clean, organized facility supervised for shooting sports. Trapshooting, skeet shooting, rifle, handgun, and archery ranges are always open to the public.
Depot Park is located in downtown Park Rapids between East 3rd Street and East 5th Street, close to Hugo’s grocery store. In addition to facilities for the skateboard crowd, there are tennis courts, swings, playground equipment, picnic tables, a water fountain, public restrooms, and a shelter.
Bring your racket! We have a choice of courts in the area, and there are several leagues that play regularly. The closest court is alongside the school in Nevis. Multiple courts are available in Park Rapids. They include the Depot Courts and those in Heartland Park.
On a hot summer day, nothing is more relaxing than floating down the river on an inner tube. It is a great way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. Popular spots are located on the Crow Wing River and the Ottertail River. Outfitters rent equipment and provide transportation to the drop-off and/or pick-up points. For additional information contact the Huntersville Canoe Outfitters on the Crow Wing River (218.564.4279) or Charlie’s Ottertail Tubing (218.847.3258) near Detroit Lakes.