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Moosehorn Campground

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents330 acres 路 Kettle River, MN
A nice wooded campground, miles of beautiful trails wide enough for Trucks and RVs, traversable by 2WD cars and fit for ATVs, Biking and Hiking. 4 pads available for RVs and Campers There is plenty of space for you and your friends. Bring your Kayak or Canoe to nearby Kettle River and don鈥檛 forget your ATV, this property has access to a great ATV trail with access located on the back of the park. Use the south entrance for the campground, this has a nice wide gravel road for your vehicles. The entrance is locked, send a text for the code. The north entrance grants access to the wide amount of roads and trails available for biking, hiking & ATVs.
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Bundo's Forest

2 sites 路 Lodging10 acres 路 Finlayson, MN
This cabin was built by hand in the 1970s from white pine that was cut and milled on-site. Our family purchased and rehabbed this beautiful cabin throughout 2021. Indoor and outdoor activities and wildlife viewing abound throughout all seasons at Bundo's Cabin. Learn more about this land: Where the forest meets the field. Unplug and relax at Bundo's Cabin with extraordinary views of wildlife and endless outdoor opportunities. The modern yet cozy cabin has electricity and features a front patio, an external bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a living area, and a sleeping loft with a reading nook. No matter the season, this cabin is a wonderful, cozy, and clean, place to relax and unwind. Feel free to roam around the 10-acre property and explore the 80 acres of state land to the north. Deer, foxes, coyotes, turkeys, owls, eagles and more are likely to be seen or heard. Explore, Banning, Moose Lake, and Father Hennepin State Parks which are all within 30 minutes, and return to the cabin to read, play games, listen to records, have a fire, and relax. The kitchen provides you with everything you need to prepare your meals including a refrigerator, small freezer, stove, oven, cookware, cutting boards, sink, seasonings, oil, and coffee. Water for washing is available via a pump faucet in the kitchen, and a brand-new outhouse is located steps south of the cabin. The cabin is efficiently heated and cooled with a very user-friendly heat pump and gets the cabin to your desired temperature very quickly. We are grateful to honor the Dakota and Anishinaabe people whose land we occupy by donating $10 from every booking to the Makoce Ikikcupi Land Recovery Project. This project is actively working to return the land to the indigenous people from whom it was stolen. You can learn more about this project in reparative justice at www.makoceikikcupi.com.
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Medicine Creek Farm

2 sites 路 Lodging160 acres 路 Finlayson, MN
At Medicine Creek Farm, we raise grass fed beef and lamb and pastured pork and eggs. We direct-market our food to customers in the Twin Cities and Duluth, primarily through our website. We have been moved and inspired by soil health and what we've learned of regenerative agriculture's ability to heal the land. Hannah manages the daily farm operations, taking care of the animals and moving fences and flocks through the pastures to improve the soil. Meanwhile Jason has been hard at work building our farm infrastructure including our house, shed, remodeled camper trailer, and rebuilding an 1880s timber frame barn where we host our farm stay.
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Balsam Ridge Retreat

8 sites 路 Lodging5 acres 路 Duluth, MN
Many folks that have visited our place refer to it as 'country living in the city'.聽 We are so blessed to live in this little piece of serenity just inside the city limits of Duluth.聽 It was once an abandoned house that sat for years, until a friend mentioned to us that it might be going up for sale.聽 We loved the location and rolled up our sleeves. Twenty years later we still marvel at the beauty around us and can hardly believe that we LIVE here!聽Just down the road is a trout stream and just beyond that was a popular farm that attracted many folks to this neighborhood聽for hay rides and sleigh rides. The farm has since retired it's horses and closed it's doors to make room for new homes,聽聽but memories live on in the beauty of the open fields. I often imagine the sound of horses and sleigh bells and people singing carols and then warming up around a toasty fire sipping hot cocoa. Some of those memories live on right here at Balsam Ridge (minus the horses). Over the years many groups of folks have enjoyed a sense of community in these back woods no matter the season. Campfires, kids catching frogs, neighborhood campouts, snow picnics, hair-raising toboggan runs, family campouts, spiritual silent retreats, a take-your-breath-away giant swing, and some tales too daring to mention are all part of the fun.聽 This is why we do what we do. We've been given much, and love to give back. It just wouldn't seem right to keep all this good to ourselves.聽聽聽
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Hidden Pines

5 sites 路 RVs, Tents2 acres 路 Kerrick, MN
Come get away in our grove of balsam pine trees in a rural area with lots of wildlife to see and hear. We have 5 primitive campsites, one for large groups and three for smaller more private camping and one drive in site for camping out of vehicle or tent . We offer un mapped hiking trails onsite and there is plenty of activities to do within 10 to 15聽 miles from camp. Activities include swimming at local beaches, Nemadji State Forest, General CC Andrews State Forest, ATV riding, lots of great fishing lakes, several rivers for kayaking and canoeing, local restaurants, coffee houses, movie theater, general store, shopping, antiques/craft, grocery, gas, local brewery, agate center, fire museum. The land was purchased by the Sway family in the late 70's from a farmer and has been in the family since. We are one of the 4 current land owners of this property and plan to keep the land in the family as long as we can. Our home was built in 2011 on part of the property. Since living here we have used the land for hiking, gardening, wood harvesting, selling Christmas trees, and now we are excited for our new adventure of opening a small part of our land for camping. We are excited for you to enjoy our land as much as we do.
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The Wooded Retreat

4 sites 路 Lodging8 acres 路 Pine City, MN
Situated just 3 miles from the interstate, our retreat offers the tranquility of a state park while being conveniently accessible. Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning grounds featuring rolling hills, towering white pines, and a variety of deciduous trees. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty with ponds and trails scattered throughout. Discover an abundance of flowers and wildlife that call this haven home. On our 8 acres we have 5 private ponds, 3 unique cottages ; and a vintage safari tent!
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Northern Nights Pop-Up Paradise

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Askov, MN
Welcome to Northern Nights Pop-Up Paradise located at the Countryside Campground! Our camper is situated on a beautiful reservoir and has everything you need for a relaxing and fun-filled getaway. Our amenities are numerous and include paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and an adult-only hot tub. There is also a kitchen and bar on site, as well as a liquor store and camp store for all your camping needs. Our indoor pool and kiddy pool are perfect for families with young children, while the campgrounds scenic walking paths offer a peaceful way to explore the surrounding area. For those looking for more competitive activities, we offer volleyball, badminton, basketball, bean bag and horseshoe, with varying tournaments and events hosted throughout the summer. We also have a game room and activity center for rainy days. WiFi, bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities are also provided. Our pop-up camper can comfortably sleep up to five guests with one king, one queen, and one fold-out twin bed. It comes equipped with a mini-fridge, sink, electric and water hookup, and a campfire pit with a table for outdoor dining. We are conveniently located within 20 minutes of several state forests and parks, including Solana State Forest, St. Croix State Park and Forest, and Banning State Park. The Mill Lacs Casino and Mill Lacs Lake are also nearby. We are just 30 minutes south of Duluth and an hour and a half from the Twin Cities. We also have a dog park on site for those traveling with their furry friends. Come stay at our pop-up camper and experience all the beauty and excitement that Northern Minnesota has to offer!
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Cloverdale Cabins

5 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Hinckley, MN
Cabin is shared with 2 other tiny home options on the same property. Contact me to host up to 16 guests. Cabin hosts 8 guests and the other 2 tiny homes host up to 4 guests each. Inquire about booking your large party group as our calendar is filling up for the summer and into the fall. Charcoal Grill available for your use on site. Guests supply the charcoal. There is a fire pit on site as well. Guests supply the firewood.
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Reflections- Unique Modern A Frame

1 site 路 Lodging4 acres 路 Brook Park, MN
This modern A Frame cabin was completely remodeled. Located on 4 acres of woods on a quiet gravel road, you'll love the peace and serenity. Whether you want to wander the paths, listen to the birds, or start a fire on a starry night, this is the place. Fully furnished with kitchen, full bathroom, laundry and a loft to look out at the stars from the skylights. Pull out couch on main level to comfortably sleep 4. You'll enjoy the front and back decks to hang out- drink your morning coffee, look for the owls or throw dinner on the grill. Firepit for long nights and unlimited firewood.
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Fish Lake Getaway

1 site 路 RV, Tent10 acres 路 Finlayson, MN
Learn more about this land:There is a fire pit and firewood, 聽access to a basicly private lake. 14鈥 aluminum boat is available or bring your own canoe. There is no place to put your own boat in. There is an outhouse and a shed with many yard games. 聽There is a park model camper available to use with no hook ups other than gas stove
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The Camps at the Vineyard

18 sites 路 RVs, Tents110 acres 路 Ogilvie, MN
We are closed for the Winter starting the 4th of December 2023. We look forward to welcoming you in Spring - bookings starting in March 2024! This is a 10-acre part of a larger 110-acre property, This section is reserved for tents, camping vans, and small trailers 20' or less. The river is great for small children to wade and swim in during the summer. During spring, the water is up higher for kayaks and canoes. Seasonal sites are 20' from the river, and a wonderful place to fall asleep and wake up to a babbling river. Learn more about this land: The camping area is ten acres alongside the Ground House River. There are fish in the river, and the water level fluctuates for tubing or kayaking. The property borders with state land used for horse riding, and great for biking
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Meadow Cabin

2 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Pine City, MN
The first time I drove up and saw the river, I knew it was a magical spot. Fishing, kayaking, swimming. Relax by the firepit, play games in the cabin. Put your feet up by the fireplace on cool evenings. Located close to Chengwatana State Forest. Kayak down to the St. Croix river.
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Overview

About

Anyone who visits General C.C. Andrews State Forest should know who the guy was. Andrews was a general in the Civil War and Minnesota鈥檚 first chief fire warden. Since his time, people have been working to keep this beautiful forest safe from fires, protecting the jack and red pines that cover most of the acres, along with the birch, aspen and oak trees. Thanks to the preservation of this land, you can enjoy a whole bouquet of outdoor activities, from ATVing to boating to hiking and horseback riding. This is eastern Minnesota wilderness at its finest.

Notable campgrounds

  • The Walter Stark Horse Campground provides equestrian-friendly sites amid the forest's western loops.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot at the popular Walter Stark Horse Campground.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as last-minute openings can occur.
  • Consider visiting during the weekdays for better availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options to ensure you have a backup plan.

When to go

The best time to visit General C.C. Andrews State Forest is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers lush greenery, but be prepared for busier trails and potential heat. Winters can be harsh, with some areas less accessible.

Know before you go

  • Check the forest's website for any road or campsite improvements that may affect your visit.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and practice safe viewing from a distance.
  • Ensure you have the necessary permits for activities like horseback riding or off-highway vehicle use.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and leave the forest as pristine as you found it.
  • For any questions, contact the forest office between 8:30am to 5pm.

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