Forest History Center

Year-round adventure in the north woods

Year-round adventure in the north woods

Experience the stories of the north woods and the lumberjacks who called these forests home. Meet the colorful inhabitants of a recreated 1900 logging camp — and learn about Minnesota’s forests of yesterday and today through interactive exhibits and nature trails.

Guide with two horses talking to a family.

What to see and do

Visitor center.

Discover at the visitor center

Explore the history and ecology of the north woods through family-friendly exhibits and activities, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs to take home.

Fire tower.

Climb the fire tower

Climb a 100-foot fire tower for a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and the forest canopy. You may even experience a bald eagle soaring by!

Tours.

Tour the logging camp

See how the lumberjacks lived and worked at a recreated 1900-era logging camp featuring costumed interpreters. Watch draft horses perform feats of strength, try crosscutting a log, or find out how the cook prepares meals for the lumberjacks.

Trails.

Get back to nature

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing on 5 miles of maintained trails through forests, wetlands, and grasslands that abound with wildlife.

Upcoming events

Northwoods Holiday Fest

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Sat., Dec 29, 2018, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Winter Adventure Family Day

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Sat., Jan 26, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Stomping on Winter Family Day

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Sat., Feb 23, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

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