Sand Dunes State Forest

Zimmerman, Minnesota

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A looping trail, through a pine forest and a nearby oak-savanna prairie. To the north of this state forest lies the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, which is 30,000 acres of wetlands, sloughs, and oak groves. To the south lies Uncas Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, a place noted for its sand dune habitat and a rare butterfly called the uncas skipper, which lives in only two places in Minnesota. (The caterpillar feeds off the hairy grama in spring and the adults go after the hairy puccoon in June.) This hike is surrounded by wilderness habitat wild enough for even several bald eagles to nest. Special attractions: Uncas Dunes SNA and beach.
Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

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Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)

by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A looping trail, through a pine forest and a nearby oak-savanna prairie. To the north of this state forest lies the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, which is 30,000 acres of wetlands, sloughs, and oak groves.

To the south lies Uncas Dunes Scientific and Natural Area, a place noted for its sand dune habitat and a rare butterfly called the uncas skipper, which lives in only two places in Minnesota. (The caterpillar feeds off the hairy grama in spring and the adults go after the hairy puccoon in June.) This hike is surrounded by wilderness habitat wild enough for even several bald eagles to nest. Special attractions: Uncas Dunes SNA and beach.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Zimmerman
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 75 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State forest trail map; USGS quad: Orrock
Driving Directions: Directions to Sand Dunes State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

4/8/2006
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Beautiful sunny day, soft rolling hills. The ice was just off the lake and the wildflowers just starting to peek out from under the pine needles. It was pretty quiet, not too many people out walking today.



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