Your nature destination in Cottage Grove
Welcome to Shepard Farm
Shepard Farm (140 acres) offers a setting unique from other Dodge properties, with 100-year-old woods, 1920s-era historic buildings and barns, restored prairie, large community gardens, a bee apiary and animal pastures. After acquiring it from the Wilder Foundation in 2013, Dodge has thoughtfully developed it to serve as a destination for agricultural and environmental education in Washington County.
Trails now open
Come explore the mile-long trail, open sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. The trailhead is marked by a white kiosk to the west of the parking lot. Please leave your dogs at home and secure your bicycles by the parking lot.
For a guided experience, nature programs for children, adults and families are offered monthly.
Directions & Parking
8946 70th Street S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Vehicles can access the property via a one-way road. Please enter from 70th Street S. and exit on Jamaica Ave. The paved lot offers ample parking for cars; please do not park in the school bus drop-off/pickup loop.
Pedestrians can enter Shepard Farm from paved trails along 70th Street S. and Jamaica Ave.