Cass County Forest Roads and Trails
The Cass County Land Department manages over 1,000 miles of forest roads to provide access to the land for management purposes. Portions of some of the roads also serve as recreational trails.
Non-Motorized Use of Forest Roads and Trails
Cass County has several trail systems designated for non-motorized recreational use only. Most of these areas are labeled as cross-country ski trails, but keep in mind that hiking, hunting, biking, and horseback riding are also allowed.
Motorized Use of Forest Roads and Trails
Cass County is working with other public land managers to designate roads and trails for Off-Highway Vehicle use (see next section). This has been completed in the Spider Lake / Foot Hills State Forest area, so a trail map is available, and signs are in place.
Designation of Roads and Trails for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use
Cass County has been working with Minnesota DNR, U.S. Forest Service, and the public to determine which roads and trails should be used for Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) travel. We strongly encourage members of the public to become involved in this decision-making process.
Because of the way county, state, and federal lands are distributed in Cass County, the public process for trail designations has been split among three different areas:
Foot Hills State Forest and Pillsbury State Forest - completed in 2005 trail map
Chippewa National Forest OHV Travel Access Project - Spring 2006 to Summer 2009 more info
East Central Group OHV Project (south Cass County) - Spring 2007 to Fall 2008
Once the trail designation process for a particular area is completed, a map will be published, and signs will be put in place to indicate which segments are open for OHV travel.
NOTE: If you live or recreate in the area affected by the East Central Group OHV Project , be sure to review the proposals on that web page, and provide your comments.