Forest History Center

2609 CR 76
Grand Rapids, MN 55744- Map It
Phone: (218) 327-4482

AAA Editor Notes

Forest History Center is 1.8 mi. w. on US 2, 1 mi. s.w. on CR 63, then 1.7 mi. s. on CR 76. A replica of a turn-of-the-20th-century logging camp, the center recaptures an era when forests played a vital role in Minnesota's history. Costumed interpreters bring to life the daily routine of the lumberjack in 1900. Guided living-history tours include a dozen buildings from the reconstructed logging camp, ranging from the cook shack to the outhouse. Visitors can board the moored “wanigan,” which depicts life on a log drive, and then sit on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin and lookout tower. Interactive exhibits at the interpretive center include a logging truck cab turned mini-theater that shows historic films about the state's timber industry and a video about forest fires, and displays on forest evolution and conservation. Five miles of hiking and snowshoe trails traversing northern Minnesota woodlands offer views of the Mississippi River. Special programs are offered throughout the year, including astronomy, wild and domestic animal encounters, and various family days that include cooking demonstrations. Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.
$10; $8 (ages 65+, students with ID and military with ID); $6 (ages 6-17).
Hours: All facilities open daily 10-5, June 15-Labor Day; Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4, rest of year. Closed winter holidays. Allow 3 hours minimum.