Minnesota State forests

scene of cross country skiing track between pines

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.

white tailed deer in winter forest

Your State-managed Public Lands

Minnesota has 5.6 million acres of public lands that provide space and access to a wide variety of outdoor experiences. State lands contribute to Minnesota's economy and play an important environmental role. Get more information about your state-managed public lands.

cross country skier on a state forest trail

Ski the Bold North

With hundreds of miles of trails, all you need to do is pick a State Forest and get skiing!

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. Six new state forest maps are available in paper or for download to your mobile device today. Updated Maps »

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 »