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Huntersville State Forest


Cass, Hubbard, Wadena


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 Water Trail 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.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

Due to wet and warm conditions, forest roads and trails are deteriorating rapidly this spring. Many roads and trails are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. Note: not all roads and trails in a particular forest may be closed. Check the forest roads closures and OHV trail closures web pages before venturing out. Signs may be posted before web pages are updated. Obey all signs.

Forest Notes

Huntersville State forest map can be viewed electronically as a geospatial PDF (GeoPDF) on your mobile device with applications such as Avenza Maps. The built in GPS features of your phone will track your location in the state forest using the built in GeoPDF map. Avenza Maps or other GeoPDF applications are available for download at the App Store or Google playor Microsoft.

Huntersville State Forest at a glance...


Canoe / Kayak

Picnic Area



Cross-Country Skiing


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.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


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

Special features

• 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