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Why Visit?
Thrive! Park Map(s)
Thrive! Park Trails
Thrive! Park Photos
Thrive! Park Bluff Prairie Restoration

Village of Nelson Website

Thrive! Efforts Adjacent to Thrive! Park
The Thrive! Center
GChris Sculpture Studio/Gallery

Copyright 2018

Gary "Chris" Christopherson

  Thrive! Park - Open for Public Hiking/Walking

New Thrive! Park [Nelson, WI]

Leave no trace. Please take out what you bring in.

Opened 2016

Property Donation as Approved by Village of Nelson Board on 3/11/15. Gary "Chris" Christopherson, Donor.

Thrive! Park map

Thrive! Park Workday to remove invasive burning bush around fish pond - Nov.6 morning, 9-12


Big Thanks to Buffalo County Land Conservation and Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership for helping remove invasive burning bush from Thrive! Park under adverse conditions (slippery snow, steep slopes and cold)!


Article on Thrive! Park by Bank of Alma
USFWS Story on Thrive! Park Prairie Restoration

Thrive! Park Information

Thrive! Park, a public park, of the Village of Nelson. The Park is unique in that it consists of over 25 acres of Mississippi River bluff top and bluff side. The primary bluff is Three Sisters (northernmost Sister is private land) and Lost Brother. The three southernmost bluff tops (two of the Sisters and Lost Brother) are in the Park and accessible via hiking roads and trails. Photos.

On the bluff tops and bluff sides are “goat prairies” that have recently been cleared as part of a larger prairie restoration effort around Nelson. The prairie restoration removes invasive and non-prairie plants and releases prairie plants to flourish in their native habitat.

Thrive! Park background information:

  • Public, open to all visitors.
  • Bluff tops, sides, prairies. Donor hopes two primary prairies will be sustained, building on restoration already completed.
  • Includes roads and paths for hiking/walking and prairies for restoration.
  • Hunting and trapping not allowed a) because it is in the Village of Nelson and adjoins private property and b) to not endanger other users, and c) because it is a wildlife safety area.
  • No vehicles (motorized or non-motorized) except for handicapped access and park maintenance.
  • No fires.
  • Out of respect for the Park's neighbors, please do not trespass on their land. Their land is marked Private Land.
  • Leave no trace. Please take out what you bring in.

As shown on map, Thrive! Park consists of hiking roads (dash-dotted lines) going along bluff side and back through valley). Hiking roads are generally about 6+ feet wide and were primarily made from old logging and farm roads. Also, there are several hiking trails (dotted lines) that go to restored bluff and prairie areas and can be accessed off the main hiking roads. Hiking paths are generally about 3 feet wide and were created by Donor using existing deer trails and creating new trails. Eagle Trails, light slope loop trails, were added through efforts of Max Benish and Boy Scout Troop 54 members and supporters.

As requested by visitors, two park benches (In Memorial to Irene Christopherson) have been donated to and installed on tops of 2nd Sister and Lost Brother. An opportunity for hikers to rest with full view of Mississippi River valley.        

    Memorial bench on 2nd Sister  Memorial bench on Lost Brother

Thrive! Park is east of Highway 35 in Nelson (WI). Take Cleveland Street toward bluffs. As you enter woods, turn left on Christopherson Road. Just after turn, there is a parking lot on right to park. Park entrance and road/trail markings are just left of parking lot.

Free maps are generally available at the Park entrance.

Thrive! Park was donated by Gary “Chris” Christopherson . Donation is over 25 acres of land owned by Donor located at East Cleveland Street, Nelson, WI.

Responding to visitors’ questions, The Thrive! Center (includes GChris Sculpture Studio/Gallery, the Thrive! Endeavor and Healthepeople) is just outside Park’s western edge. To visit, best to contact Chris first at or 301-318-3760. More info at and

Thrive! Park boundaries

View of Thrive! Park from Mississippi River Valley [Park Photos]

Thrive! Park Map
Free maps are generally available at the Park entrance
Thrive! Park map

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