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4 Best Off-Road Parks in Minnesota

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Minnesota is a huge state with lots of rural area to play around in ATVs, dirtbikes, and trucks. The Department of Natural Resources maintains dozens of off-road areas, but we chose these four to highlight specifically since they’re open to a wide range of vehicles.




Iron Range ORV Park

Iron Range ORV Park

Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area

Hours of Operation: May – October: 8am to 1hr before sunset

November – April: 8 am to 3:30 pm (weekends only)
Location: 7196 Petit Road, Gilbert, MN, 55741
Cost of Admission: Free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: All-terrain vehicles, Class 2 ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road vehicles

This park offers 36 miles of off-highway vehicle trails of all difficulty levels and all types of vehicles are allowed. Located in Gilbert, you’ll have access to lodging, food, restrooms, and gas stations.


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Appleton Area Recreational Park

Appleton Area Recreational Park

Appleton Area Recreational Park

Hours of Operation: Open year round
Location: 1 mile east of Appleton on Highway 59
Cost of Admission: Free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Class 1 & 2 ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and off-road vehicles

This park has 20 miles of trails over 330 acres and is perfect for beginners and pros alike. It also has a motocross practice track. You’re also allowed to drive ATVs in the City of Appleton on posted roads.

Snake Creek ATV Trails

Snake Creek Trail

Snake Creek Trail

Hours of Operation: 5/1 thru 10/31 during the day
Location: 3.5 miles south of Kellogg on Highway 61, then west onto 608th St.
Cost of Admission: Free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Class 1 & 2 ATVs and off-highway motorcycles

Enjoy 13 miles of wooded trails along the Snake Creek Valley, maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Schoolcraft Trail

Hours of Operation: 5/1 thru 10/31 during the day
Location: 6 miles south of Bemidji on Highway 71, turn west on Co. Rd. 9 for 3 miles, then south on Reverse Trail
Cost of Admission: Free
Types of Vehicles Allowed: Class 1 & 2 ATVs and off-highway motorcycles

Schoolcraft Trail is a 29 mile trail between Lake George and the Paul Bunyan State Forest. It’s a combination of county, state, and forested roads and is maintained by the Northwoods Riders OHV Club.