Whitetail Woods Regional Park became Dakota County’s newest park when it opened on September 27, 2014. It is bordered on the east by the Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and Wildlife Management Area, managed by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota DNR. It is bordered on the south by the Vermillion River Wildlife Management Area. There are 10.25 miles of summer hiking trails including a 0.17 mile boardwalk across a wetland. In the winter there are 5.38 miles of snowshoeing/hiking trails. There is no fee to use or park at Dakota County parks.