Minnesota State Forests

dirt road line with yellow, orange and green leafed trees

East Gemmell Road in 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.

women cleaning her shoe with boot brush

Protect the forest by using only clean gear

No matter how you enjoy Minnesota's state forests and other public lands, prevent the spread of invasive plants and pests by cleaning your vehicles, gear and pets before and after visiting.

view of the six new state forest paper maps.

New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests

Find your way in the woods. Several new state forest maps are available in paper or for download to your mobile device today.

fire ring and wood pile.

Buy local. Burn local.

Help protect Minnesota's trees. Buy local firewood to avoid moving hitchhiking pests. Learn more about firewood restrictions

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. Learn more about Forest trails revisions project.