The Department of Natural Resources offers a great map of the area. It shows all eight entrances that encircle the forest and make accessing it from any direction quite easy.
One thing to note is that the northern portion of the forest has trails that are primarily used by off-road vehicles, and Hannah says she “usually avoids the trails that motos can use since they’re not in as good of shape and typically have lots of ruts, which turn into lakes in the winter time.”
The trails in the southern portion of the forest are designated for hikers, bicycles, and horses, with a few trails shown in dark green on the map for hikers only.
“The trail conditions are usually great!” Hannah says. “We are so lucky here to have nice soils that don’t get too muddy in winter or too dusty in the summer. Sometimes the trails freeze in the winter but usually thaw by the end of the day. Capitol Forest can get a lot of snow and the snow can stick around for a while, but, overall, the trails are very well managed.”