photo: Mountain biking in state forestMountain Biking in Minnesota State Forests

Before you go, you need to know...

  • Mountain biking is permitted on all state forest roads and trails unless posted closed with the exception of Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State forest, where mountain bikes are permitted only on designated trails.
  • State forest roads can range from asphalt to gravel, maintained to minimal maintenance road surfaces.
  • Forest roads are used by cars, logging trucks, and other forest users (hikers, hunters, horseback riders, ATVs, and off-highway motorcycles).

About the public and private crossings

  • Within state forest boundaries there are a mixture of state, county, federally and privately owned lands.
    • County and federal lands have their own rules for use.
    • Private lands, you must have permission to enter. Trespass laws apply.

Sharing the roads and trails

  • All laws for public road use must be followed on state forest roads.
  • Watch out for logging trucks and heavy equipment in a state forest.
  • Check the state forest maps and Web site for road and trail closures.

Special events permit

graphic: Trail sign

Mountain biking opportunities in state forests

Northwest Northeast Southwest Southeast

Beltrami Island


Pine Island

Smoky Hills

Two Inlets

White Earth

Bear Island


Cloquet Valley



Fond du Lac

Foot Hills

George Washington

Golden Anniversary

Grand Portage

Hills River



Land O'Lakes


Paul Bunyan


Rum River


St. Croix

Birch Lake

Sand Dunes

Bronk Unit Plowline Trail

Isinours Management Unit

Kruger Campground & Management Unit

Money Creek & Vinegar Ridge

Oak Ridge / Wet Bark Recreation Area

Reno North Recreational Area

Snake Creek Management Unit

Trout Valley Management Unit

To order a state forest map contact the DNR Information Center




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St. Paul, MN 55155-4040