Pillsbury State Forest

Pillager, Minnesota 56473

Pillsbury State Forest

Pillsbury State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Pillsbury State Forest Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
1,360 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,400 feet
Top Elevation
Brainerd Area Forest Supervisor; Department of Natural Resources
Local Contacts
USGS Pillager and Wilson Bay
Local Maps

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Jul 2018