Hiking The Pillsbury State Forest

The 19th most popular hiking trail in Minnesota.

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West of Brainerd, the Pillsbury State Forest has 25+ miles of trails shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. The trails are rolling past ponds and lakes through stands of maple, oak and ash.

To reach the trailhead from Brainerd, head northwest on CR77 for 10 miles. Turn southwest on Pillager Forest Road for 2 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of the road.

Overall, Pillsbury State Forest is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 31 hikes in Minnesota.

Pillsbury State Forest Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Pillsbury State Forest (218) 828-2565; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Minnesota" from Mary Jo Mosher

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Base Camp:  Rock Lake Campground; Walter Stark Horse Campground

Reference Source:  click here https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_forests/

GPS:  46.3929, -94.4246

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/13/2016

ID:  15849

Pillsbury State Forest Hiking Map


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