Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area

Long Lake, Minnesota 55356

Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area

Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"Hiking the Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area is like learning a really great secret, the kind you’ll have no problem keeping all to yourself.

Hidden behind a nondescript trailhead in the northeast corner of the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot, easily missed unless you know it’s there, is a 3.1-mile hike through a fantastic Big Woods forest of the sort that was once common in the region. It’s an excellent place for birders, with more than 150 species recorded, including 12 duck and 27 warbler species."

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"A trail through a dense forest with lots of big trees, featuring the largest sugar maples in the state and other old-growth trees. Hike here in the spring, before the trees shade out the carpet of ephermal, blooming wildflowers; hike here in the summer to walk in the cool shade of the leaves; and hike in the fall to see the changing colors.

Wolsfeld Woods is a premier example (and one of the last remnants) of the Big Woods; its old-growth trees are the highlight of this hike. The trails loop through some of the biggest sugar maples in the state and past two-hundred-year-old red oak, basswood, butternut, and ironwood trees."

Wolsfeld Woods Scientific and Natural Area Reviews

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8/23/2009
This trail takes you through a very dense forest and was infested with mosquitioes at the time we went. It also takes you next to a gorgeous lake, but beware, the trail branches off in many areas and gives you too many options and does not have sufficient signs to point you in the right direction. It is beautiful but confusing.
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Trail Information

Long Lake
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Open year-round but recommended in spring for wildflowers and autumn for colors
Best Times
Wildflowers
Features
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources—Scientific and Natural Area Program, Central Region; (651) 259-5800; dnr.state.mn.us/snas/index.html
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