Minnesota State forests

Pine Island State Forest

Minnesota state forests are open for all to enjoy. Towering pines and fish-filled lakes. Family-friendly campgrounds with beaches and hiking trails nearby. Miles of trails to accommodate every kind of activity: hiking, hunting, mountain biking, OHV riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and more.

Governor's christmas tree

Visit the Governor's Christmas Tree

A beautiful balsam fir was harvested from the Nemadji State Forest.
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Camp Your Way in a State Forest

Whether you want an individual campsite, group camp, horse camp or to try out dispersed camping, the choice is yours in a state forest.
State forest camping »


wood pile next to campfire ring

Don't Give Them A Free Ride

When working or playing outdoors, clean your gear and buy local firewood to avoid moving unwanted hitchhikers.
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White OHV jeep

Minnesota State Forest Trail Revision Project

The DNR is in the process of revising our forest trail plans. The project will provide trail connections, add new trails, change allowable trail uses, and close unsustainable trails.
Forest trails revisions »