Forestville State Park and Vicinity

Forestville, Minnesota

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One can only imagine what it might have been like for a Native American hunter to leave his Mississippi River encampment and enter the magnificent, serene valleys of the Root River in the centuries before settlement. Although perhaps partially a victim of altered transportation routes, the town of Forestville, like much of this region, eventually suffered from failing agricultural productivity. The Forestville Store, whose last proprietor was Tom Meighen, was abandoned in 1910, and one can still view the dry goods and sundry items left by Meighen after he lost all hope of selling them. Today the Root River valley is a rich and productive land, with a healthy balance of forestry, agriculture, and watershed management—a testament to the benefits of wise land use. It is a beautiful area to bird. Key birds: Red-shouldered Hawk, Wild Turkey, Eastern Screech-Owl, Whip-poor-will, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow. Don’t miss: Root River State Trail (rent a bicycle). This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.
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Birding Minnesota

by Jay Michael Strangis (Falcon Guides)

One can only imagine what it might have been like for a Native American hunter to leave his Mississippi River encampment and enter the magnificent, serene valleys of the Root River in the centuries before settlement. Although perhaps partially a victim of altered transportation routes, the town of Forestville, like much of this region, eventually suffered from failing agricultural productivity. The Forestville Store, whose last proprietor was Tom Meighen, was abandoned in 1910, and one can still view the dry goods and sundry items left by Meighen after he lost all hope of selling them.

Today the Root River valley is a rich and productive land, with a healthy balance of forestry, agriculture, and watershed management—a testament to the benefits of wise land use. It is a beautiful area to bird. Key birds: Red-shouldered Hawk, Wild Turkey, Eastern Screech-Owl, Whip-poor-will, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow. Don’t miss: Root River State Trail (rent a bicycle). This eTrail provides information on birding strategies for this location, birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful maps.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Forestville
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 2 days
Best Times: Best late April-June
Local Contacts: Root River State Trail
Local Maps: Minnesota Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Forestville State Park and Vicinity

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