Owen Lake in George Washington 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.
Check for road closures before you head out!
A rapid spring thaw is impacting road and trail conditions. Your usual route might be restricted—or closed.
State forest campgrounds, day-use areas, and dispersed camping are open.
Visitors are encouraged to recreate close to home and to maintain social distancing on trails. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ response webpage if you have additional questions about changes to DNR services.
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.
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 »
Buy local. Burn local.
Help protect Minnesota's trees. Buy local firewood to avoid moving hitchhiking pests.
Learn more about firewood restrictions »
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 »