Pillsbury State Forest
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•The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you're likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife. You may also find several varieties of wildflowers, including the yellow lady's-slipper.
• The trail system in this state forest is especially popular with equestrians and mountain bikers during the summer and cross-country skiers in the winter. Land ownership within this forest includes state, county, municipal, and private holdings. Trespass laws are enforced. Please be aware and respect these lands.
•Grouse hunters find good bird hunting in the fall. The forest is closed to off-highway vehicles so bird hunters are assured they will not be disturbed by ATV traffic while walking the old logging roads.
•Recreational facilities in the forest include the Walter E. Stark Horse Assembly Area, Shafer Lake, and Green Bass Lake. Rock Lake Campground and Day-Use Area can serve as a great alternative to the more developed and heavily used Crow Wing State Park.
Fall Color Scenic Drive: Pillsbury State Forest offers a great fall color route. Travel along along Beauty Lake Forest Road between County Road 77 and County Road 1 in early October for best color. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.
OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season
- Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information
Pillsbury State Forest at a glance...
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
3 Miles Cross-Country Skiing
1.2 Miles Hiking
27 Miles Horseback
27 Miles Mountain Biking
•Most state forest roads and trails are open to mountain bikes unless posted.