Rules for state forest roads and trails

photograph of a Forest

Minnesota's state forests contain over 2,370 miles of forest roads and thousands of logging trails that provide access for wildlife observation, hunting, or simply enjoyment of the forests' beauty. Check temporary state forest road closures for up-to-date information about state forest roads.
Know the rules before you head out on the road and trails out into the state forests.

  • Share the trail with others.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Keep right so others can pass.
  • Keep all pets on leash.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter.
  • Respect adjoining landowners’ rights and privacy.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
  • Let horses know you are passing. Some may be spooked by quiet bikers or inline skaters.
  • Camping at individual, designated campsites with basic amenities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Dispersed camping—camping outside of the designated campground with no amenities, is allowed 1 mile away campground boundaries.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.

Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, part 6100.3000 through 6100.4300.

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