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Off-Road Trails: Minnesota

Adventurous trails and scenic views characterize the awesome state of Minnesota

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Minnesota is a very diverse state with many different things to see along all of the backroads that crisscross the state. Nestled into those backcountry byways, there are many different off-road parks that are tailor made to family SXS adventures.

Many of the parks in this state have campgrounds directly adjacent to the riding area, making a full weekend getaway an easy thing to plan for if you have an RV or camping tent. With many trails to choose from, you’re going to want a vehicle that can tackle any kind of terrain. A highly recommended vehicle for this is the Honda Talon lineup with its reliable powertrain system and do-it-all I-4WD system. Check out these parks and see how life is better on a Honda!

Size 330 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Appleton, Minn.

Appleton Area Recreation OHV Park

Size 330 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Appleton, Minn.

Expanded from 100 acres to 330 acres in 2007, Appleton Area Recreation OHV Park has a large amount of open riding areas for all vehicles to play in. Twenty miles of marked trails are scattered around the grounds where drivers can enjoy two-track trails, sand dunes, and some general play areas. A Honda Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve is the ideal machine for this area with its compact stance and ready-for-anything cabin, which is buttoned up with comfortable seats and a clean dash layout. The town of Appleton has many different stores and places to gather supplies for your trip to the riding area. If you’re coming from the main metropolitan area of Minneapolis, expect almost a three-hour drive to get to this riding destination. It’s worth your time, though!

Distance 15 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Pine City, Minn.

Chengwatana State Forest OHV Trails

Distance 15 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Pine City, Minn.

With a maximum width of 65 inches allowed on the trails in Chengwatana State Forest, a vehicle like the 64” wide Honda Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve is the ideal SXS to use at this location. Plus, this particular vehicle has all of the cargo capacity and power requirements to make your time on the trails a blast! This system of trails is located on the west side of the St. Croix River, making it a great location for a day on the trails. With 15 miles of trails to explore, you’ll be able to enjoy a full day of riding through the marshland and forest-laden trails. The nearby town of Pine City has all of the refreshments, food, and supplies that you need for an adventurous day on the trails.

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Distance 37 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Cromwell, Minn.

Fond du Lac State Forest Trails

Distance 37 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Cromwell, Minn.

Encompassing 64,000 acres total, the Fond du Lac State Forest encompasses a large area and also has off-road trails within its boundaries. A total of 37 miles of trails flow through the area and include terrains like marshy areas, swamps, and shallow wild-rice lakes. There are also challenging loops in the forest areas. Be sure to check the website to look up trail conditions, or call the Minnesota department of Parks and Trails (number on website). Primitive camping is permitted in this forest area, but be prepared when you come here. No developed campsites are present in the forest.

Size 1,200 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Gilbert, Minn.

Iron Range OHVRA

Size 1,200 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Gilbert, Minn.

The Iron Range OHV Riding Area is the home of Minnesota’s first off-highway vehicle park. At 1,200 acres, this park has a great amount of off-road trails, more than 30 miles in fact. Trails in this area are filled with fun and diverse riding terrain, and they are known for leading you and your family to some incredibly scenic overlooks. The adventure never stops! Camping is available in the Sherwood Forest Campground in the adjacent town of Gilbert, and a dirt trail leads you in an out of the campground to the riding area.

Distance 26 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Finland, Minn.

Moose Walk and Moose Run ATV Trails

Distance 26 Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Finland, Minn.

Encompassing a total of about 26 miles of marked trails, the Northern Minnesota-based Moose Walk Trails are a family-friendly SXS destination. This trail system is actually connected to an additional trail circuit named the Red Dot Trail System. Together, both systems encompass more than 50 miles of OHV trails. With so much to explore, a reliable vehicle is going to be key in this area, and the Honda Talon 1000X has that legendary Honda quality built in from top to bottom. The Moose Walk area is located right next to the Sawtooth mountains for even more scenic views. There is a lodge and campground located directly at the trail system (Wildhurst Lodge and Campground), giving all off-roaders direct access. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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