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

Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Sat., Dec 7, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Sat., Dec 14, 2019, 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 25, 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

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