The vision for McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park began in 1974 with a donation of 180 acres of land that was owned by Russell and Ella McCarthy. The McCarthys’ primary goal was for the park to become “a place where kids from the city could learn about nature.” The park offers a group camp, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian trails and camping, picnic opportunities, and a beautiful prairie/wetland restoration.
This park is supported in part by the Friends of McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park. They organize youth service days and recreation activities, as well as assist in the planning efforts and restoration of the land.
Archery Hunting (permit required)
Camping (group site)
Cross-country Skiing (groomed trail)