Minnesota State Forests

tree lined dirt road in the fall

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.

wooden sign with text Thistledew lake campground. George Washington State Forest

State Forests fall color drives

All of our 59 state forests are amazing! 
We've selected a few routes to consider this fall and provided directions.

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. Updated Maps »

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.
Forest trails revisions »