Huntersville State Forest

Counties:

Cass, Hubbard, Wadena

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Acres: 33,963


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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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•Huntersville State Forest is located in northern Wadena County about 12 miles southeast of Park Rapids. Its southern boundary can be reached from State Highway 71 by taking State Highway 227 east to County Highway 27 north. To reach its northern boundary from State Highway 87, take County Highway 25 south.

•Huntersville State Forest comprises 52 square miles of mostly red and jack pine forests with a scattering of aspen and spruce and a variety of northern hardwoods covering rolling, sandy hills.

•Two rivers, the Crow Wing River State Canoe Route and the Shell River, cut through this forest. Both the Shell River and the Crow River provide many canoeing opportunities, with access ramps at the campgrounds as well as other put-in and take-out points along the river's course through the forest.

•Huntersville is only a short distance from Itasca State Park and offers a great alternative to the more developed and heavily used state park.


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Notes:

Fire protection is a major concern in Huntersville State Forest due to the highly flammable nature of the pine forest. Burning Permits are required for all open burning when the ground is not covered with snow.

Huntersville State Forest at a glance...

RECREATION

Canoe / Kayak

Picnic Area

Swimming

TRAILS

Cross-Country Skiing

Hiking

18 Miles Horseback

3.6 Miles Class I ATV

3.6 Miles Class II ATV

58 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling


Attention Trail Users:

•There are 47 miles of signed forest roads open to all motorized vehicles as well as non-motorized uses.

Spring temporary trail and road closures are now in effect due to wet conditions. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails unless specifically listed.


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

FACILITIES

Huntersville Forest Landing Campground
Shell City Horse Campground
Shell City Landing Campground

SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST

• Crow River State Water Trail
• Burgen Lake Prairie WMA
• Crow Wing Chain WMA

OTHER DESTINATIONS

Badoura State Forest
Foot Hills State Forest
Itasca State Park