Top Snowshoeing in Minnesota

Chippewa National Forest

The 1.6 million acres making up the Chippewa National Forest were the first east of the Mississippi River to be preserved as national forest. Today, 650,000 of its acres are actively managed by the U.S. Forest Service for timber and recreation. The Chippewa is home to a variety of wildlife including moose, deer, and otter. It also has the largest concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48. There are over 150 miles of trails designated for nonmotorized use as well as an open backcountry policy. The adventurous can simply pick a path through the forest. Here are my suggestions:

Cut Foot Sioux: 22-mile trail that follows the Continental Divide through hardwood and pine forests. The Cut Foot is a loop with numerous side trail options.

North Country Trail: 68-mile segment of the 3,200-mile trail running from North Dakota to New York. This segment is pure northwoods, leading past lakes and wetlands and through pines and hardwoods.

Suomi Hills: 21-mile trail that passes through the Lost Forty — a tract of virgin red and white pine forest left standing as a result of a surveying error that showed the land to be underwater.

For maps, directions, and other information check out the Chippewa National Forest's Web site.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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