Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA


Area and County

    Cook County
    Northeast Minnesota

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597 acres


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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

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 Province  

Laurentian Mixed Forest

Ecological Classification

Northern Superior Uplands


North Shore Highlands
Border Lakes

Land Type Association(s)

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

Native Plant Communities1

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

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The Approach
To get to the parking area for this SNA requires driving over a deeply rutted road. A four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended.


Four-wheel drive 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 tracked bird species has been seen here:



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


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 has been seen here:


Special concern

moose (Alces americanus)


American black bear (Ursus americanus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American black bear


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



Chilean sweet cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi)


Special concern

blunt-fruited sweet cicely (Osmorhiza depauperata)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas 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 sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazel (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 strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

green alder (Alnus viridis ssp. crispa)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

low serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

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

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)

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)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum 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)

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 viridis 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)

Chamerion 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 hazel)

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 sphondylium ssp. montanum (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 (American 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 (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 var. vulgaris (heal-all)

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 (tall meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium 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

tall meadow-rue

white baneberry

wild parsnip






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