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Old 05-15-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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Smile Sand Dunes state forest, MN.

We needed a hike and didn't have much time to spare, so we drove to the cloest state forest to Plymouth, MN.

Sand Dunes DNR website

The campground is very nice. The sites are well separated and heavily wooded so we didn't see the campers next to us at all.

Our preferred site didn't have a grate on the fire ring, so we had to take second-choice to get the steaks grilled. (We now have a simple over-the-fire grate we can use anywhere there's no grate.)

The campgrounds have ample vault toilets and solar-powered wells for drinking water.

We hiked south of the Ann Lake campgrounds in the Uncas Dunes Science and Nature Area (SNA). Lots of the trails were horse-trails which makes hiking a little difficult, but we went "off-road" into the SNA on a deer trail and that was FANTASTIC!

The next day, we drove to the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge Area and parked along South Sand Dunes Forest Road and hiked North along a fire road into the Refuge. (We later read a sign saying we can't go into the refuge from April 1 through Sep 1).

We also hiked south of the road around the Larson slough. It was incredible.



You'll need a GPS to get around. The maps are poor and wrong and the "trails" are created by animals, so it's narrow at times.

It was a very nice 1-night stay and we'll certainly be back.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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We'll have to go there... 'specially since I got a park pass when I renewed with MPR this year.
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Thanks for pointing out this area. We never knew about it.

Hope you can make it to the Bemidji Gathering June 14-16. You would love Lake Bemidji State Park trails.

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@Nancy - next year! On that weekend we'll be making plans on our trip to Florida to pick up our new (to us!) Scamp. Woot!
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Gary,

You should be all set up to join us in Duluth Sept 19-22. Have a safe trip to Florida in the heat. Better you than me. The Bemidji gathering is a one time thing. Unless people want to do it again.
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Wow! I want to go! This is a beautiful place and dinner ain't too shapbby either.
Happy Camping!
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I agree with Diane on both counts
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@Nancy - on the list for this fall! We'll only be a little while in Florida...the Dot wants to take a quick shot down to the Harry Potter thingie in Orlando (well, heck I want to see it, too!), and then it's up the coast and back home. I figure we'll do a mosquito study on the way back. I mean...seriously...I doubt those east coast bugs can hold a candle to our State Bird.
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nice,,, when i drove threw minn. to get our scamp i saw so many great looking places to camp. hope to come back and spend some time there some day.
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