I’ve passed by the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge dozens of times without stopping. I finally decided to check it out on this road trip. The refuge, established to protect and restore the habitats associated with the St. Francis River Valley, is about 9 miles northwest of Zimmerman. It’s 30,700 acres of Federal land that showcases the transition zone between tallgrass prairie and forest with a big emphasis on the restoration of oak savanna , wetland, and big woods habitats while taking care of its +230 species of birds, 58 species of mammals, and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians. If you want to camp and explore, you can stay at the Sand Dunes State Forest campground and spend the day hiking. Fun fact: they allow you to pick berries and mushrooms to eat, right off the trail!
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