D.D. Kennedy Environmental Area/ County Park

A 106-acre preserve along the Balsam Branch that flows through central Polk County. A prairie restoration area features native grasses and wildflowers. The park includes a dam, millpond, and well-maintained trails. It provides a variety of habitat for a good mix of birds. : Fishing from a bridge and handicap accessible pier, interpretive hiking trails, a picnic area w/grills, shelter, and restrooms. 11 km of trails groomed for XC skiing.


From St. Croix Falls travel east 8 miles on Hwy. 8, turn south on Hwy. 65 about 1.5 miles, turn east on 115th Avenue about 1.5 miles to the park. Watch for the small, brown signs.

Free Admission

  • Yes

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Groomed
  • Ski Skating

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails


  • Yes

Ski Skating

  • Yes