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Backbone State Forest


Backbone State Forest is adjacent to the northeast corner of Backbone State Park, 4 miles south of Strawberry Point. Access to these 186 acres of pine plantations and upland hardwood forest is from a parking lot located just east of the north entrance to Backbone State Park. This parking lot is a convenient place to unload horses or snowmobiles. Although the area is not open to snowmobiling in Backbone State Forest, sleds may be unloaded in the parking lot and ridden the short distance to the park entrance on the road or in the road ditch. Backbone State Park is open to snowmobiling.

Backbone State Forest is open to hunting, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

Backbone State Forest was acquired for the purpose of protecting the watershed of the lake at Backbone State Park. Most of the land being farmed at the time of acquisition was planted to Red, White, Jack, and Scotch pine. The extensive trail system rose out of a system of fire breaks that were developed to protect these plantings.

Users should be aware that hunting and horseback riding are legal on Backbone State Forest but not on Backbone State Park. We have made every effort to plainly mark boundaries between the two areas.


Jessica Raye

Monday, June 11, 2018
It's a very beautiful park, but they really need to have bridges over the river. Instead they have concrete down that the water is always going over. When the water isnt high I'm told it's barely noticeable that there's water over the road but when we went it was up and the gates were closed and had to walk through all of it. We went to see Richmond Springs and ended up walking 3 miles one way to get to it from where we had to park.

Amy McKay

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
This is a great place to camp. Lots of trails to hike, creeks to Wade, beach to laze around. You can rent paddle boats at the beach, or bring your kayak. Beautiful scenery... Just fantastic.

Susan Barrett

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Had a great picnic. Walked in the creek, then enjoyed some ice cream at the beach. Great extended family outing!

Jon Cahill

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous, most trails are fairly primitive, so if you are looking for crushed limestone and handrails....look elsewhere. Backbones beauty is relatively untouched.

Andy Holcomb

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Nice park but it is difficult to find your way around. More signs clarifying directions would be helpful

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