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Address: 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744-8646
Phone Number: +1 218-327-4482
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Discover the past, present and future of Minnesota's forests through guided...

Discover the past, present and future of Minnesota's forests through guided tours of a 1900s era logging camp and hands-on environmental learning programs. Board the moored river "wanigan," a floating cook shack, take a seat on the porch of a 1930s Minnesota Forest Service patrolman's cabin, climb a 100-foot fire tower and explore the site's self-guided trails.

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A walk back in time

A very naturalistic and historic review of our past in the Northland. Logging enthusiasts and historians will enjoy the visit. The guides were wonderful and the experience was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Paul S
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Minnesota
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A very naturalistic and historic review of our past in the Northland. Logging enthusiasts and historians will enjoy the visit. The guides were wonderful and the experience was educational. We even walked to the top of the fire tower.

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Melrose, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We as a group really enjoyed the tour. The speakers were so go and enjoyed listening to them. Would go back again.

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Thank carnut113
Frisco, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Love spending time at the Forest History Center. Great collection of historical artifacts and stories about forests of this part of the world and the logging industry/way of life. Great living history logging camp in the wooded area on the grounds. Christmas tree lighting in Winter always a treat. Whole family can enjoy this outing

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Thank jamespcol
Park Rapids, Minnesota
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288 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had seen the Forest History Center on Public Television a few years ago and finally got there. It was well worth the trip. They have recreated a 1900 logging camp with interpretive guides who know their stuff. We had a great time, got to meet some of the draft horses, walked some of the trails, took in the two... More 

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Thank OliverandLisa
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

While back up in Minnesota visiting relatives we took them & our kids to the Forest History Center. We had been to other Minnesota History sites down by the Cities so I expected it to be good, but I was blown away with what a good time we had! It's wonderful! The staff dresses in costume & puts on an... More 

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Thank JessPem
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We are so happy we stopped at the Forest History Center. The tour was great--so informative and entertaining! The logging camp was wonderful and we really enjoyed climbing the fire lookout tower--the view was incredible.

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Thank Suzanne L
Green Cove Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

They have a recreated logging camp depicting winter 1900. Tour guides are re-enactors and are very informative. The interpretive signs on the trails are very good. Absolutely worth a visit for ages 11 and up.

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Thank alexwolf2016
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Very good living history of old logging camp. Thoroughly enjoyed.Would do this again! Also a video of forestry.

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Thank SUZANNE M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My 14 year old daughter and I took the tour and also walked on many of the trails and climbed the tower. The actors on the tour were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the loggers lives. The trails were nice and we really enjoyed climbing the tower. Everyone was helpful and happy to answer your questions.

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Thank Heather H
Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We stopped at the Forest History Center while driving from Bemidji to Duluth knowing nothing more than it was a good halfway stopping point and would be free with our MN History Society membership. Turns out, it was a wonderful stop and one of my husband's favorite things we did on our summer vacation. All MN history locations have great... More 

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