Brightsdale Unit, RJ Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest

Lanesboro, Minnesota 55949

Brightsdale Unit, RJ Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest

Brightsdale Unit, R.J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Easy interpretive trail that drops to the root River and climbs again to give an educational tour of the woods. The Brightsdale is a 900-acre management unit of the Dorer Hardwood State Forest located along the north branch of the Root River. At the heart of the unit is also the Southeastern Minnesota Forest Resource Center, a non-profit organization who’s main goal is promoting reforestation of the neighboring hillsides. The center has other activities, such as seminars on growing Shittake mushrooms, brunches with a naturalist, and even tests of daring with rope bridges that cross ravines.

The state’s forest demonstration plot might be one of the best, since it showcases trees common in the warmer south, as well as cold weather northern species. For just a sampling, black ash, wild grape, and walnuts, as well as several species of oaks and pines can be found here. There are two interconnected trail loops in the unit; this is the shorter one, which goes through the forest and alongside the river. Stationary ecological plaques identify the trees and interesting features. Special attractions: Overlook, Forest Resource Center (on private land in the heart of the unit), and a forest interpretive trail."

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Trail Information

Lanesboro
Nearby City
3.4
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
990 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,025 feet
Top Elevation
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail maps USGS quads: Arendahl and Pilot Mound
Local Maps