Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA






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597 acres




A parking lot for this site is on the south side of Tower Road next to a gate. The directions on the Minnesota DNR Website to this parking area are correct. The map that accompanies those directions is not.

N47 52.715, W89 59.646


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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  

Hiking Trails


There are no maintained trails. The forest road continues beyond the gate and parking lot to the Hoveland Lookout Fire Tower. Beyond that, a decommissioned forest road continues west. The old road is is not maintained in any way. It is overgrown, in some areas densely so. In many spots it is blocked by deadfall. However, it makes few sharp turns, and if lost it can be easily reacquired. It appears to come to an end 1¼ miles past the tower after almost completely looping back on itself.




All hunting. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest

  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

Border Lakes

  Land Type Association    

Northern Lights Lake Till Plain
Tettegouche Till Plain
North Shore Till Plain


Native Plant Communities*


Aspen - Birch Forest

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Upland White Cedar Forest

Young Forest Complex

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

Natural Features















Four-wheel drive recommended

To get to the parking area for Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA requires driving over Tower Road, an unimproved, deeply rutted, forest road. A four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is highly recommended.





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Locked Gate

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Tower Road

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Wood Routed Sign

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Fire Lookout Tower

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Decommissioned Forest Road

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End of the Road

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Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA
  Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods  

Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA contains a rare, old-growth, northern hardwoods forest and several protected plant species associated only with these communities. The large size (over 400 acres) and location of this forest along the northern edge of its normal range make it particularly significant.




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  wood frog (Rana sylvatica)   wood frog  



One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

Special Concern

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

  American Robin  

Insects and Arachnids


cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

  cabbage white  



One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Special Concern

moose (Alces americanus)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Mammals List


American black bear (Ursus americanus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  American black bear  



Three plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:


Chilean sweet cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi)


small-flowered woodrush (Luzula parviflora)

Special Concern

blunt-fruited sweet cicely (Osmorhiza depauperata)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest MHn45

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45c

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c



alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field clover (Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

green alder (Alnus alnobetula ssp. crispa)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

low serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense ssp. pratense)

velvet-leaf blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)


Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Alnus alnobetula ssp. crispa (green alder)

Amelanchier humilis (low serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Chamaenerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazelnut)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galeopsis tetrahit (brittlestem hempnettle)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa (American spurred gentian)

Heracleum maximum (American cow parsnip)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Impatiens pallida (pale touch-me-not)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss)

Lysimachia borealis (northern starflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phleum pratense ssp. pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris (common self-heal)

Prunus pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium campestre ssp. campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Vaccinium myrtilloides (velvet-leaf blueberry)


alsike clover

American cow parsnip

balsam fir

common dandelion

common false Solomon’s seal

common strawberry

common tansy

common yarrow

interrupted fern

northern lady fern


orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting


rough cinquefoil

round-headed bush clover

spotted touch-me-not

purple meadow-rue

wild parsnip







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