This list includes hidden (or not so hidden) gems that will give you a fresh perspective on Minnesota's landscape. Get a birds-eye view from fire towers and scenic overlooks.
- Take a virtual tour of a park before you go!
- If heights aren't your thing, head underground to explore a unique cave or mine tour!
- Make a weekend of it! Rent a campsite or cabin and get the full experience.
Purchase a vehicle permit today and get a year of unlimited visits to all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas.
Crow Wing State Park
View the Mississippi River from historic Chippewa Lookout.
Frontenac State Park
See beautiful Lake Pepin from one of many overlooks.
Great River Bluffs State Park
Hike the Kings Bluff Trail for breathtaking views.
Interstate State Park
Climb the cliffs for views of the St. Croix River gorge.
Sibley State Park
Hike up Mount Tom and see forest, farmland, prairie, and lakes.
Fire towers you can climb:
Big Bog State Recreation Area
Climb this reconstructed fire tower to see views of what's been called "Minnesota's last true wilderness."
Itasca State Park
This tower offers stunning views of Minnesota's first state park.
Mille Lacs Kathio State Park
This 100 foot observation tower is a perfect stop to see fall colors.
St. Croix State Park
This fire tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in 1937 and still offers amazing views today.
Whitewater State Park
Get a bird's eye view of limestone bluffs and deep ravines at the top of this tower.
Scenic State Park
Scenic State Park also has a fire tower but it is not open for climbing.