Hunter / Hiker Trails

Motorized vehicles are prohibited and the trails are mowed annually in September. These trails make for great rustic ungroomed snowshoe and cross country ski trails in the winter as well. Enjoy!

Al-Pine Trail

  • 3.4 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Rare example of naturally occurring red and white pine forest on the north side
    • Beautiful babbling brook runs through the middle of the trail system
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located east of Brainerd, take State Hwy 18 to Co. Rd. 23, go south on Co. Rd. 23 then east on Co. Rd. 24 then South on Leisure Lane, trailhead is south of bridge 1/3 mile on east side of Leisure Lane.

Blueberry Bog Trail

  • 5.2 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Lots of young growth for excellent deer and grouse opportunities
    • Quite, remote, great for wildlife viewing
  • Trail Safety Info
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  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located northwest of Crosslake, follow Co. Rd. 1 west, turn north onto Ramsey Road, travel 2 miles, trailhead on the left.

Cranberry Bog Trail

  • 2.1 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Lots of young growth for excellent deer and grouse opportunities
    • Quite, remote, great for wildlife viewing
    • Surrounded by over 15,000 acres of public land
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located north of Manhattan Beach, from junction of Co. Rd. 1 & Old Grade Rd., proceed north on Old Grade Rd, 3.5 miles to trailhead on the left.

Hay Creek Trail

Directions: From the Crow Wing County Landfill located between Brainerd and Crosby on State Hwy 210, travel East on 210 approximately 0.6 miles. Look for brown memorial forest sign at Hwy approach south side of Hwy.

Mississippi Shores Trail

  • 1.4 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Abundant naturally occurring 100 year old red and white pine
    • White Pine seedlings planted in 2001 on east side of the trail system
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located south of Brainerd off of State Hwy 371, turn right onto Mississippi Shores Rd, trailhead is 1/2 mile from 371 on south side of road.

Pine Ridge Trail

  • 2.7 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Beautiful rolling topography
    • Located near five popular lakes and adjacent to two public boat landings
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located north of Crosslake, from junction of Co. Rd. 1 & Co. Rd. 3, proceed west on Co. Rd. 1 approx. 3/4 miles, turn right onto Kego Lake Road, trailhead is 1/2 mile past the Kego Lake access on the right.

Thompson Creek Trail

  • 1.2 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Lots of young growth for excellent deer and grouse opportunities
    • Quite, remote, great for wildlife viewing
    • Surrounded by over 15,000 acres of public land
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located north of Manhattan Beach, from junction of Co. Rd. 1 & Old Grade Rd., proceed north on Old Grade Rd, 2 miles to trailhead on the left.

Poor Farm Trail

  • 1.9 miles
  • This trail features:
    • The best blackberry picking in the county.
    • Oak plantings for turkey and wildlife habitat.
    • Location of the historic "Poor Farm."
    • Cooperative wildlife management area with the MN DNR.
    • Examples of numerous prescribed burns, both in prairie/savanna (north end) and oak forest (south end).
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: From State Hwy 18 and 25, travel south 1 mile, trailhead on the left. Smaller parking area off of Butternut Rd which is further south.

Portage Lake Trail

  • 0.4 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Great hiking opportunity with scenic overlook of Gillespie Lake.
    • Canoe/Kayak rest stations located along the trail.
    • Portage Lake is home to several breeding loons and other wildlife.
    • Ojibwe villages were located at both ends of the portage route in the 19th century.
    • Officially established by survey in the mid-1800's, although it had been used long before then.
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located just before the City of Riverton, travel northeast on Co. Rd. 128 for 0.6 miles, turn left onto Iverson Road for another 0.6 miles. Parking is on the left side of Iverson Rd.

Rice Lake Trail

  • 1.7 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Looping trail is popular for grouse hunting.
    • Nice views overlooking vast marshes and open water wetlands.
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located south of Ironton, follow State Hwy 210 west, turn south onto Woodland Rd, turn east onto Rider Rd, trailhead is on south side of Rider Rd.

Rock Creek Trail

  • 1.3 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Mix of aspen, oak and maple trees with rolling topography.
    • Selective oak management exemplifies healthy forests for wildlife.
    • Trailhead starts at babbling Rock Creek.
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located north of Crosslake, from junction of Co. Rd. 1 & Co. Rd. 3, proceed west on Co. Rd. 1 approx. 3/4 mile, turn right onto Kego Lake Road, turn right into Pistol Lake Trail, take 2nd right along Pistol Lake Trail to trailhead.

Scrub Oak Trail

  • 5.9 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Abundant oak forests create a haven for deer.
    • Borders historic and popular Pine River to the west.
    • Adjacent to Greer Lake State Management Campground to the east with camping, hiking, and fishing opportunities.
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: Located southeast of Crosslake, travel east on Co. Rd. 36, then south on Co. Rd. 114, turn right onto Greer Lake Rd, Greer Lake Rd will turn to the right, continue going straight past the Greer Lake Campground, trail will weave approx. for 2 miles to the trailhead.

White Pine Trail

  • 2.7 miles
  • This trail features:
    • Beautiful 100+ year old white pine remnant forest on the south end.
    • Popular grouse hunting area.
    • Easily accessible off the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway and White Tail Trail.
    • Southern loop of trail contains 7 acre grove of planted tamarack that turns a beautiful golden brown color in the fall.
  • Trail Safety Info
  • Map
  • Operating Season - all year, mowed in September
  • Trail Conditions

Directions: From junction of Co. Rd. 66 & Co. Rd. 1, proceed east on Co. Rd. 1 approx. 1/2 mile to White Tail Trail, trailhead is 1/2 mile in on left.