Most People In Minnesota Don’t Know About The Lost 40, A Hidden Forest That Maps Forgot

Did you know that Minnesota has more than 17 million acres of forest? That’s more than 26,000 square miles and more than 20 percent of Minnesota’s total area! In other words, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is also home to plenty of forested land. Much of this land has been used for logging both in the past and present. But by a stroke of luck, there’s a small section of forest that was passed over during Minnesota’s heavy logging days of the 1800s. Today, it stands as one of the oldest sections of trees in the state. You can visit it, and it’s a fascinating – and beautiful – place that nature lovers and historians alike can appreciate it. Read on below to learn more:

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Have you ever been to the Lost 40? For more information about the forest, visit the Lost 40 SNA page on the Minnesota DNR website. And if you’re curious about other interesting forests in Minnesota, check out our past articles about the Minnesota-shaped forest and an old-growth forest with 250-year-old trees.

Address: Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area (SNA), Twp, Northome, MN 56661, USA