Minnesota State Forests

trail showing trees in fall color

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.

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Looking for an easy way to see Minnesota’s fall colors?

Take a drive through one of our 59 state forests!  Here are some suggested routes.

tamarack cones in persons hand

Collect seeds and cones for the DNR

The DNR buys seeds and cones from a multitude of Minnesota native trees. To qualify, seeds and cones must be high quality, ripe, and free of stems and debris. See the Seed and Cone collection page to learn more.

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 unwanted hitchhikers.
Learn more about firewood restrictions »

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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 »