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Minnesota State Forests

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.

Admission: Free! Do you know Minnesota is the 16th most forested state in the nation? Do you know nearly 4 million acres in 58 state forests are open to explore for free? That's right? Wherever you are, you can find a state forest nearby that's open to explore at no cost to you. No vehicle permit required.

Protect our state forests— don't move firewood! Firewood brought into DNR state lands must be purchased within 50 miles of its origin from an approved DNR firewood vendor with a proof of purchase receipt. More information


State Forest Recreation Guide |Managing State Forests | OHV Trail Closures | State Forest Road Closures


Visitor Alert:

  • Use caution when traveling. Heavy rains have caused flooding and washouts in some areas on local and state forest roads. Road conditions can change rapidly due to flash flooding. The temporarily closures web page will be updated and roads and trails signed as soon as information becomes available.