It might not have the lush branches and perfect form as it’s farm-raised cousins, but a tree cut straight from the Superior National Forest will have something special. It’s not just about the lights and ornaments right? Attached to your wild tree are memories of adventure! Like the car ride through the slippery forest service road, the expression on the kids faces when they find the perfect tree, and the moment when you realize that your hand-saw hasn’t been sharpened in 20 years.
What better holiday souvenir than a real Christmas tree from Northern Minnesota?
You do need a permit, but it’s easy to get and only $5 per tree.
Make sure you read the rules and guidelines. White Pine and Cedar trees are not allowed, so now is a good time to brush up on your tree identification skills.
The Superior National Forest (map) has plenty of trees, but make sure you are out of sight of roads and lake shores.
Finding a tree with enough beautiful, symmetrical branches might depend on your expectations, your commitment to hiking through the snowy woods, and maybe a little bit of luck. But even if the branches are lacking, the memories will be abundant.