Visit The Valley

Norskedalen is rich in natural beauty and diversity, encompassing about 400 acres of scenic coulee (valley) along Poplar Creek. While hiking the over 7 miles of trails one can encounter an amazingly wide variety of flora and fauna. The trails take you through pine plantations, over the cold, clear creek, past many springs bubbling up into crystal pools and spilling into the creek, along wooded hillsides and rocky outcrops of goat prairies, and along the valley floor.

We ask that all visitors, including Norskedalen organization members, please check in at the Thrune Visitors’ Center for your admissions, wristband, maps and information.

Hours of Operation

May – Oct
M-F: 9am to 5pm
Sa: 10am to 5pm
Su: 12pm to 5pm

Grounds Open
Trails Open
Center Open
Outdoor Museum Open
Guided Tours Yes

Jan – Mar
M-F: 8am to 4pm
Sa: Closed
Su: Closed

Grounds Open
Trails Open
Center Open
Outdoor Museum Closed
Guided Tours No

Nov – Dec & Apr
M-F: 8am to 4pm
Sa & Holidays: Closed
Su: 12pm to 4pm

Grounds Open
Trails Open
Center Open
Outdoor Museum Closed
Guided Tours No

This schedule may change due to weather, illness or meetings. Please call to verify schedule before you travel.

Norskedalen members may still use Norskedalen grounds from sunrise to sunset on any day of the year. Your member parking pass must be displayed in the front windshield.


Daily Admission Features

    • Thrune Visitors’ Center: hands-on nature exhibits, Heritage Room displays, and an introductory video explaining the history and mission of Norskedalen.
    • Visit to the Bekkum Pioneer Log Homestead: Open May 1 – October 31 Monday through Saturday at 10 am, 1pm and 3pm, Sunday 1pm and 3pm (May through October); Tours are guided only if a guide is on duty. Otherwise, self-guided tours are available with booklet and/or audio tour. Self-guided and audio tours do not include inside access to the historic buildings.
    • Please call ahead to ensure a guided tour, if desired.
    • Gift Shop with unique nature and heritage items, books, children’s items, and snacks.
    • Over 400 acres of grounds with space to roam including 5 miles of trails.
    • Norskedalen Heritage Site (formerly Skumsrud Heritage Farm):  Open for the Art Fair & Wine Tasting in July.
    • A delightful combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Special Events Admission: Admission rates to Norskedalen’s special events are the same as our daily rates unless otherwise specified.

Advance reserved groups of 10 or more pay just $5.50 per adult and $2.50 per child. For more information, please see Group Events/Tours.

Schedule A Group Event/Tour

For school field trips, please see School Programming.


Guided Tours

Guided tours are available at 10am, 1pm and 3pm daily when a guide is available. Please call ahead to check on availability of a guided tour. Audio tours and/or booklets are available for self-guiding at any time during open hours. Self-guided and audio tours do not include access inside the historic buildings.

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Norskedalen Heritage Site Hours

(formerly known as Skumsrud Heritage Farm)

Norskedalen Heritage Site is open for the Art Fair and Wine Tasting event in July.