Pillsbury State Forest

Pillager, Minnesota

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The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife.You may also find several varieties of wild flowers, including the yellow lady’s slipper. Gently rolling, often cobbled, and sometimes a little muddy, the trails are fairly easy for family hikes. A non-equestrian campground with picnic, swimming, and boating areas, as well as a short nature trail, is located at the west side of Rock Lake to the north and east of the forest’s main hiking trail.
Hiking Minnesota

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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you’re likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife.You may also find several varieties of wild flowers, including the yellow lady’s slipper.

Gently rolling, often cobbled, and sometimes a little muddy, the trails are fairly easy for family hikes. A non-equestrian campground with picnic, swimming, and boating areas, as well as a short nature trail, is located at the west side of Rock Lake to the north and east of the forest’s main hiking trail.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pillager
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,360 feet
Top Elevation: 1,400 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Brainerd Area Forest Supervisor; Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: USGS Pillager and Wilson Bay
Driving Directions: Directions to Pillsbury State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

1/14/2007
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Light snow had fallen the night before our arrival. The trail was snow packed, yet thankfully there was not enough snow for snowmobilers. We were not aware that this was a shared snowmobile trail, until we arrive. The forest is birch, and elm, and a jackpine or two. Deer were spotted running across the sweeping trail. Linx tracks were spotted on numerous occassions. The beaver have done significant work on one revene leaving it nearly bare near their pond. All in all - a very beautiful wide trail, rolling hills, and nature surrounding the trail.



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