Public Trails

The North Central Research and Outreach Center's research forest hosts several miles of multipurpose trails through various forested stands. Take some time to walk through our black spruce bog, ski through our 200 year old natural regeneration, and snowshoe through the Chapman Plantation, Minnesota's oldest red pine research plantation. We are proud to host a segment of the North Country Trail, the longest trail of the US National Trail System trails, stretching over 4,600 miles across seven states.

Our trail system is primarily forest roads (other than through the bog) and includes markers/signage about NCROC forests. Please respect our forests and follow the guidelines below.

Trail Use Guidelines

Forest roads and trails are open to on-trail, non-motorized recreation:

  • Walking, running, biking, birding, photography, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • On-leash dog walking allowed - please pick up after your pet

The following activities are prohibited

  • Off-trail recreation
  • Horseback riding
  • Off-leash pets
  • Hunting, camping, fires
  • Non-authorized motor vehicle use
  • Loitering

Thank you for respecting our forest use guidelines.

Map of ski trails.