The best part about Minnesota is the variety of landscape it offers. Sure, we don’t have an actual mountain range but we still have plenty of areas to climb on rocks. There are pine trees, prairies and everything in between. Lakes, rivers, and even some puddles to be found. If you want to go exploring, check out the State Forest areas around Minnesota. A great, budget friendly and thrifty way to enjoy a bit of nature. If you go to the website, you can get more information on all the different places you can explore.
You can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities – hiking, camping, wildlife viewing – in any of Minnesota’s State Forests.
State forest campgrounds and day-use areas are developed with a minimum of disturbance to the natural environment and are often in remote locations. This means that they are less likely to be as accessible as many state park campgrounds and facilities. Also, state forests do not have full-time staff available.
What we offer:
- 1000 campsites at 46 campgrounds,
- 44 day-use areas,
- about 900 miles of trails, and
- 142 water accesses.
There are two types of campgrounds in state forests, developed and primitive.
Developed campgrounds charge a fee and have at least one accessible campsite with a level surface, accessible picnic table, and fire ring. Accessible paths lead from the campsite to a well and accessible vault toilet.
Primitive camp sites are also available at no charge. Most of these do not have accessible features.
- State forest campgrounds do not have electric hookups or showers.
- Most drinking water is provided from hand-pumped wells. Some campgrounds have accessible wells with a concrete pad and level approach.
- Reservations at state forest campgrounds are not required or accepted.
Day Use Areas
Many state forests have day-use areas equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water, and toilets. They are often located on lakes and have hiking trails, boat access, and swimming beaches. Some have accessible picnic tables, vault toilets, and wells. Overnight camping is not allowed at day-use areas.
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Kristi is married with twin girls in high school. She grew up on a small dairy farm, but now lives in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. She enjoys finding free or thrifty things to do whether they are outings close to home or last minute adventures to far-away places.
Kristi can also be found enjoying estate sales, attempting to garden, volunteering in the wetlands or a favorite thrift store, or maybe just enjoying a good play in one of the many theatre venues in the area.