The visitor center will be undergoing maintenance work through Dec. 2 and will not be heated. The store and restrooms will remain open, but the exhibit gallery will be closed. Discounted admissions may apply. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota is the largest federal forest in the lower 48 states. Nearly one-third of the National Forest is contained within the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Draft horses, often weighing over a ton, provided most of the power necessary to haul logs and move logging sleighs. The Forest History Center's draft horses and oxen are often near to greet visitors.
Early Minnesota loggers left a legacy of tall tales, including the snow snake, a white snake that wakes in snow; Agropelter, Minnesota's Big Foot; and Hungry Mike Sullivan, a 300lb man with a large appetite.
Nature trails at the site become cross-country ski trails in the winter months and are some of the most highly used trails in Itasca County.
Our 100-foot fire tower is Minnesota's only tower where visitors can climb up and talk to a live interpreter. Successful climbers receive a "Squirrel Card" signed by the "Tower Man," proving they made the climb.
Itasca County is the birthplace of Judy Garland and home to more than 1,000 lakes, 3,000 miles of snowmobile trails, more than 200 miles of cross-country ski trails, and is the gateway to the Chippewa National Forest.
Every tree commonly found in northern Minnesota is found on the site's trails, with interpretive signs and brochures helping to identify trees and discuss their benefits to the environment and industrial uses.
The Forest History Center is a great place to hold rental events including meetings, training sessions, birthdays, weddings, scout gatherings, family reunions, picnics, and more.
Get to know the Forest History Center before you visit, with this video designed for field trip visitors.