Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest
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• The RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest is located in southeastern Minnesota. This state forest includes bluffs of the Great River Road of the Mississippi River and a number state water trails. Cannon River, Mississippi River, Root River, Whitewater River, and Zumbro River state water trails are within the forest's boundaries.
• The best times to visit RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest is in the early spring when the spring ephemerals are in bloom and in the autumn for the fall colors. The DNR lists RJD Memorial Hardwood Forest as among the best places in the state for birdwatching, motorized trail riding, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
• This state forest features six recreational areas, seven campgrounds, and one day-use area. There really is something for everyone in this state forest.
Fall Color Scenic Drive: Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest has two good options. Option one, travel along Zumbro Bottoms Road off of State Highway 60 southwest of Wabasha. Or you can travel along Along State Highway 16 between Interstate 90 and State Highway 26. Both are best in early October. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.