A number of snowmobile, ATV, off highway vehicle (OHV) & recreational trail opportunities exist in Pine County. Many of these trails are maintained and operated by local clubs through funding from the Minnesota DNR grant-in-aid trail program.
Pine County allows ATVs to be used in the right-of-way of County Highways and County State-Aid Highways in accordance with Pine County Ordinance 2016-03. This ordinance does not apply to state, city, or state roads. It is important to reference the state regulations and any other applicable city/town regulations prior to setting out.
Trails are also located on State Forest lands, County managed tax forfeit lands, and private property throughout the County. PLEASE RIDE RESPONSIBLY, many landowners have been kind enough to provide easements across their properties. Protect and appreciate their lands by remaining on marked trails.
Please contact the Moose Lake DNR Trails and Waterways office and the links below for more information and trail resources on the numerous multi-use (ATV, OHV, Snowmobile, Skiing, Biking etc.) trails in the area - www.mndnr.gov/state_trails or 218-485-5410.
ATV / OHV riders are encouraged to view the MN Department of Natural Resources off highway vehicle site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/index.html and the local www.straightarrows.org and https://whitepineriders.org sites.
Snowmobile enthusiasts are encouraged to view the MN Department of Natural Resources site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/snowmobiling/index.html and the local www.northernpineriders.com and www.flamessnowmobileclub.com web sites for great local information and maps.
A sampling of the recognized trails in Pine County include:
- Northern Pine County Northern Pine Riders club trails inforamation and map viewable at: www.northernpineriders.com Northern Pine Riders club manages many miles of trails and they are all groomed weekly during peak season.
- Lower Pine County Hinckley-Pine City Flames club trails information and map viewable at: www.flamessnowmobileclub.com
- Soo Line South - 114 mile trail; easy difficulty www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=42
- Chengwatana State Forest- 11.7 miles; more difficult riding with rolling terrain, forest and marsh areas www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=6
- Gandy Dancer - 31.2 miles; easy difficulty, travels into Wisconsin and connects to St. Croix and Nemadji State Forest trails www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=11
- General C.C. Andrews State Forest - 39 miles; easy difficulty scenic trail between Strugeon Lake and Willow River www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=12
- Nemadji State Forest - 100 miles; one of Minnesota's most popular riding areas, easy to difficult riding with trails ranging from minimum maintenance to narrow single track routes through tight woods www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=33
- St. Croix State Forest - 45 miles; Situated along the picturesque St. Croix River with a variety of forest, rocky sections, tight twisty turns, and scenic settings www.dnr.state.mn.us/ohv/trail_detail.html?id=28
- Willard Munger Trail - The 63 mile Hinckley - Duluth segment is a completely paved multi-use trail, and extends between the citites of Hinckley, Willow River, Moose Lake, Barnum, Carlton, and Duluth. The trail offers spectacular scenery. www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/willard_munger/index.html
To get involved and learn more about Pine County area Snowmobile/ATV/OHV riding oportunities and local trail efforts please visit the following club web sites and/or contact the listed volunteer representatives:
- Terry Peterson, Soo Line South ATV Trail and Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile trails, PO Box 28, Willow River, MN 55795; 218-372-4077, www.northernpineriders.com
- Hinckley - Pine City Flames Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 311, Pine City, MN 55063; (320) 629-7958; www.flamessnowmobileclub.com
- Ken Fastner, Straight Arrow OHM/ATV Club, northeast portion Nemadji State Forest trails, 651-456-0224; www.straightarrows.org
- Josh Mohr, Pine Riders ATV Club, PO Box 16, Pine City, MN 55063; Chengwatana ATV Trails, 320-629-7869; www.pineridersatv.com
- Washington/Ramsey Wheelers, PO Box 9398, North St. Paul, MN 55109; north-central Nemadji State Forest Trails, 651-433-2875