Fire towers and scenic views

Views overlooking state parks and a firetower

The best views in Minnesota

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.

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Great views:

state map showing this park's locationCrow Wing State Park
View the Mississippi River from historic Chippewa Lookout.

state map showing this park's locationFrontenac State Park
See beautiful Lake Pepin from one of many overlooks.

state map showing this park's locationGreat River Bluffs State Park
Hike the Kings Bluff Trail for breathtaking views.

state map showing this park's locationInterstate State Park
Climb the cliffs for views of the St. Croix River gorge.

state map showing this park's locationSibley State Park
Hike up Mount Tom and see forest, farmland, prairie, and lakes.

Fire towers you can climb:

state map showing this park's location Big Bog State Recreation Area
Climb this reconstructed fire tower to see views of what's been called "Minnesota's last true wilderness."

state map showing this park's locationItasca State Park
This tower offers stunning views of Minnesota's first state park.

state map showing this park's locationMille Lacs Kathio State Park
This 100 foot observation tower is a perfect stop to see fall colors.

state map showing this park's locationSt. Croix State Park
This fire tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in 1937 and still offers amazing views today.

state map showing this park's locationWhitewater State Park
Get a bird's eye view of limestone bluffs and deep ravines at the top of this tower.

state map showing this park's locationScenic State Park
Scenic State Park also has a fire tower but it is not open for climbing.