Trail Conditions

Due to vulnerable trail conditions or nearby forest management activities, select forest trails and roads administered by Crow Wing County Land Services may become temporarily closed to recreation uses. Please help Crow Wing County protect the forest and maintain safety by not traveling on forest trails and roads posted temporarily closed.

  • Closure signs will be installed at each trail or road to inform the traveling public.
  • Trail conditions will be periodically monitored by forestry staff and, when appropriate, closures will be lifted.

The Townships/Cities where trail closures exist are identified in the table provided. Select trail or road name for location and map.

Motorized/Multi Use Trails

These motorized multi use trail systems have seasonal dates of operation. Select the trail name for up-to-date trail status information and dates of operation.  

Trail NameCity/TownshipStatusExpected Opening
Emily to Outing Trail (PDF)EmilyClosedMay 21, 2022
Miller Black Bear Trail (PDF)Irondale/WolfordOpenMay 7, 2022
Miller Hills Trail (PDF)Oak LawnOpenMay 14, 2022
Southern Loop Trail (PDF)Ft. RipleyOpenMay 14, 2022
Fort Ripley Trail (PDF)Ft. RipleyOpenMay 14, 2022
Pine Center Trail (PDF)RooseveltOpenMay 14, 2022
Mississippi River Northwoods Trail (PDF)Oak LawnOpenMay 7, 2022
Emily Blind Lake Connector Trail (PDF)Emily/Little Pine/Ross LakeClosedMay 21, 2022

Cross Country Ski Trails

These trails are groomed regularly during winter months and mowed in September. Click on the trail name for additional information and SkinnySki for trail conditions.

Trail NameCity/TownshipStatus
Nordic Ridge Trail (PDF)CrosslakeSkinnySki
Larson Lake Trail (PDF)DeerwoodSkinnySki
Wolf Lake Trail (PDF)Irondale/Nokay LakeSkinnySki
French Rapids Trail (PDF)Oak LawnSkinnySki
Northland Arboretum TrailBrainerdSkinnySki

Hunter / Hiker Trails

These hunter / hiker trail systems are open year round for non-motorized activities. Click on trail name for location and map.


Trail NameCity/TownshipStatus
Al-Pine Trail (PDF)Maple GroveOpen
Blueberry Bog Trail (PDF)TimothyOpen
Cranberry Bog Trail (PDF)TimothyOpen
Hay Creek Trail (PDF)Irondale/Nokay LakeOpen
Mississippi Shores Trail (PDF)Fort RipleyOpen
Pine Ridge Trail (PDF)Fifty LakesOpen
Poor Farm Trail (PDF)Oak LawnOpen
Portage Lake Trail (PDF)IrondaleOpen
Rice Lake Trail (PDF)IrondaleOpen
Rock Creek Trail (PDF)Fifty LakesOpen
Scrub Oak Trail (PDF)MissionOpen
Thompson Creek Trail (PDF)TimothyOpen
White Pine Trail (PDF)Fifty LakesOpen

Forest Trails and Roads

Trail NameCity/TownshipStatusExpected Opening
Ramsey RoadTimothyClosedMay 20, 2022
West Wolf Lake TrailTimothyClosedMay 20, 2022
East Wolf Lake TrailFifty LakesClosedMay 20, 2022
Pistol Lake TrailFifty LakesOpenMay 12, 2022
Whitetail TrailFifty LakesClosedMay 20, 2022
Buchite Lake TrailEmilyOpenMay 12, 2022
Ruth Lake TrailEmilyClosedMay 20, 2022
Squaw/Papoose TrailEmilyClosedMay 20, 2022
Buckskin Lane Forest RoadCrosslakeClosedMay 20, 2022
Section 14 & 15CrosslakeClosedMay 20, 2022
Refuge TrailFairfieldOpenMay 12, 2022
Thompson Lake TrailRoss LakeOpenMay 12, 2022
Miller-Cole Lake TrailWolfordOpenMay 9, 2022
Section 6 Mine Pit TrailIrondaleOpenMay 9, 2022
Turkey Foot TrailIrondaleOpenMay 9, 2022
Mississippi River Northwoods Trail (PDF)Oak LawnOpenMay 9, 2022
Section 14 / 21Crow WingOpenMay 9, 2022