Find Your True North in the Pines
Right now more than ever it is important that we seek outdoor recreation opportunities. In Grand Rapids you will find an abundance of Parks & Forest land to enjoy – over 1 million acres that are public accessible to hike, bike, snowshoe, cross country ski, hunt, fish, and snowmobile. Nature’s beauty awaits in the towering pines, diverse wetlands and pristine waters of Grand Rapids Area Parks, like the Chippewa National Forest. Take a scenic drive and discover mixed forests, tamarack bogs, old mine reclaimed areas, a few rolling hills and a view vistas and many lake overlooks. Click on the below squares for more information about these many nature areas of Parks and Forest in the Grand Rapids, MN area.
Parks & Forests in Northern Minnesota
Take a scenic drive up the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Drive that winds through the Chippewa National Forest.
Cotton Beach on Trout Lake
Beach and Picnic Area
Cotton Beach on Trout Lake in Coleraine has two lifeguards on duty seven days a week. Cotton Beach is handicap accessible; has a raft, slide, and beach toys available for public use as well as a playground with both youth and toddler swings.
Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway
National Scenic Byway
Travel this spectacular, winding byway by many pristine lakes, forests, swamps, rolling hills, and other unique features. The Google Map below shows the main route for the Historical Scenic Byway. Visit places along the way, and enjoy the beauty of nature alone the way.
GR Municipal Frisbee Golf Course
Frisbee Golf Course
Contact: Tony Clafton
720 NW Conifer Dr.
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Open as soon as the ground is dry, the Legion Park disc golf course provides a very challenging and scenic course. The collaborative project between the Grand Rapids High School and GR Park and Recreation is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoor trail system in an entirely new way! Scorecards are available on site, and discs are available to rent at the IRA Civic Center.
Scenic State Park
Beautiful Walking Trails, Camping, and Swimming
Scenic State Park is a great off the beaten path State of Minnesota Park where you can snowshoe, cross country ski, and fat tire bike in the winter. For more details and a schedule of programs please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schoolcraft State Park
Beautiful State Park
This secluded north woods park is the perfect place to unwind. Quiet and peaceful, the trail system leads hikers through the virgin pine forest that includes a white pine more than 300 years old. Canoeists and anglers enjoy the gentle waters of the Mississippi River. A boat access, picnic area, canoe and drive-in campsites are available to visitors.
Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
9042 Schoolcraft Lane NE
Deer River, MN 56636
Take State Highway 6 to County Road 28 west (turns into 65 W), then north on County Road 74.
For information on this park, contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362.