Pillsbury State Forest

Brainerd, Minnesota 56425

Pillsbury State Forest

Pillsbury State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Northwest of Brainerd. A hike through a glacier-built topography of rolling hills, ravines, and potholed lakes. Special attractions: Wildlife and ravines."

Pillsbury State Forest Reviews

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The start of this trail can be hard to find, as it is sometimes hidden by vehicles and horse trailers in the campground. I asked a group of campers for assistance and was directed to the trail. This forest trail is wide and dry. It has a remote feel and winds through a variety of forest scenes. The topography is interesting, mixed with hills and lakes. Wildlife is abundant, and if one is quiet and attentive, can be observed in a relaxed and natural state. There are many disecting trails, but signs are well placed and navigation is easy. This particular loop can be traversed in just over two hours, but you may want to take your time and enjoy the surroundings. No particular gear is necessary, but my trekking poles came in handy on the many hills and slopes. The trail surface is a mixture of grass, sand, and rock and the footing was good. Also be prepared to share the trail with a horseback rider every so often. It is probably a good idea to step off the trail and stand quietly as they pass. All in all, the trip is pleasurable, entertaining, and not too demanding. For those of you looking for a workout, this trail can provide it with a faster pace and a loaded pack. Give it a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Trail Information

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100 feet
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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State forest trail map; USGS quads: Wilson Bay and Pillager.
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Jul 2018