Hobson Memorial Forest

Rich with life and biodiversity, Hobson Memorial Forest is a 240-acre stretch of hard and soft woods, wetlands, wildflowers, trails and bodies of water, including Lynn Lake.


Dr. C.V. Hobson, a former geography professor at Bemidji State University, is credited with creating the School Forest concept and actively campaigned for the passage of the School Forest Law, which was passed in 1949. BSU acquired the forest in 1948 for academic and recreational use by the university and community. In addition to serving as home to a variety of wildlife, Hobson Forest features a ropes course, amphitheater, two log cabins, and several miles of picturesque trails available for year-round use.

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