Although, it shares a name with Laura’s book, this state park actually was named as the only remnant of Big Woods in its area. The Big Woods in this area covered about 5,000 acres when permenant settlers arrived in 1854. It features 1,280 acres of land and was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1945. It remains today a good example of the Big Woods which once covered much of the northern states. It has sugar maples, basswood, elms, green ash, and Ironwood trees. There are also 50 varities of wildflowers and many varities of ferns and mushrooms.
Although it doesn’t take its name from Laura’s title, it does come from the same source and I think the park will be well worth a visit.
UPDATED March 9 2018: I added my current signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.