Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park


Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park consists of 515 acres of hills and dramatic, heavily wooded ravines with occasional clearings of prairie and old field. This varied topography and landscape creates an unusual variety of vegetation and habitats. Look for grouse, ermine, cottontail rabbits, deer and a number of bird species, including the pileated woodpecker.

Vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering the park.

Location of Goats

Washington County parks in partnership with the South Washington Watershed District is using goats to control garlic mustard and undesirable shrubs such as Common buckthorn and Tartarian honeysuckle in areas being restored to Oak Savanna. The goats are being brought in by Diversity Landworks, and will be in and out of the park through September. Please check this website for the most up to date information on where the goats are.

Updated on 8/3/20

  The Goats are moving to S from N on 8/3, they will then move to T, U, V. 

The Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park goat grazing tours were held on Friday July 31 and on Saturday August 1. For those still interested in learning about why goats are being used, tours will be hosted at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in the coming weeks. Check the Parks Program website for sign up information.

CGR Paddocks for 2020


Park Facilities and Activities

  • Hiking Trails 
  • Paved Trails 
  • Picnic Pavilion (Not reservable)
  • Play Structure