Explore Minnesota's State Forests by Mountain Bike With Resources From the MN DNR

Image Credit:  MN DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has recently put up a new page on their website that directs cyclists to more information about the great mountain biking opportunities in Minnesota's State Forests.  These include over 2000 miles of forest roads and thousands of logging trails to explore.  The Mountain Biking in Minnesota State Forests page has information about what you need to know before you go, including links to Temporary State Forest Road Closures (updated weekly on Thursday after 2 p.m.), safety information, trail and road usage rules and State Forest Camping

At the bottom of the Mountain Biking in Minnesota State Forest page is a list of  State Forests that allow mountain biking, broken down by region.  Clicking on any of these links will take you to that State Forest's page and provide more details about location, trails, facilities and there is a link to a printable State Forest map showing trails and forest roads.

The Minnesota DNR reminds you, when biking in State Forests:
  • Mountain biking is permitted on all state forest roads and trails unless posted closed with the exception of Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State forest, where mountain bikes are permitted only on designated trails.
  • State forest roads can range from asphalt to gravel, maintained to minimal maintenance road surfaces.
  • Forest roads are used by cars, logging trucks, and other forest users (hikers, hunters, horseback riders, ATVs, and off-highway motorcycles).
  • All laws for public road use must be followed on state forest roads.
  • Watch out for logging trucks and heavy equipment in a state forest.
  • Check the state forest maps and Web site for road and trail closures.
  • Share the trail with others.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Keep right so others can pass.
  • Keep all pets on leash.
  • Obey traffic signs and rules.
  • Pack out all garbage and litter.
  • Respect adjoining landowners’ rights and privacy.
  • Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
  • Let horses know you are passing. Some may be spooked by quiet bikers or inline skaters.
  • Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only on designated campsites.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Enjoy the beauty of wild plants and animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.

Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for making this information easily accessible so we may explore the beauty of our State Forests by bike.

Click here for a complete printable listing of  Minnesota State Forest mountain biking opportunities.  To order a State Forest map, contact the Minnesota DNR Information Center.

Phone:  651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367
Email:   info.dnr@state.mn.us
Address:  500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040

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