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Hill Annex Mine State Park

Go down in history with a tour of the Hill Annex Iron Mine. On the 1 1/2-hour open pit mine tour, visitors make a spectacular descent into mining's past. Learn about the mine operation, the people who worked here, and where they came from. Discover marine fossils in northern Minnesota. Get a sense of the mine's deep, rich history. Learn how this National Historic Site played an important role in state, national, and world history.

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Visitor Alert

Hill Annex Mine State Park will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Friday, May 27th at 9:30 AM. Please contact Scenic State Park at 218-743-3362 or scenic.statepark@state.mn.us for more information about group tours and the 2016 season. **Please note the new Saturday tour schedule for summer 2016.**

Park Notes


Hill Annex Mine State Park offers two different tours. Tours are offered on Friday and Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Tell me more!

  • Fossil Hunt Tour: Hunt for fossils from the Cretaceous era and best of all you can keep what you find!
  • Historic Mine Tour: Board a bus to trace the route miners took to get to work at the mine.


  • 10:00 am Fossil Hunt Tour
  • 12:30 pm Historic Mining Tour
  • 3:00 pm Historic Mining Tour


  • 10:00 am Fossil Hunt Tour
  • 12:30 Historic Mining Tour
  • 3:00 pm Fossil Hunt Tour

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour

State Forest Campgrounds:

Hill Annex Mine State Park also manages the Cottonwood Lake and Moose Lake campground and day-use areas inside the Bowstring State Forest. For information on these units, please contact the Scenic State Park office at (218) 743-3362.

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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Hill Annex Mine State Park.


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Park Highlights

tree Tours of Mine/Facilities

tree Historic Site

tree Clubhouse Museum

tree Scenic Overlook

tree Picnicking

tree Fossil Hunt


Best time to contact the park:

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Spring, Fall & Winter: Sunday through Thursday, call Scenic State Park at (218) 743-3362 for more information.


Hill Annex Mine State Park
C/O Scenic State Park
56956 Scenic Highway 7
Bigfork, MN 56628

tel: 218-247-7215 or 218-743-3362

email: scenic.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

Entrance to the park is on the north edge of Calumet along State Highway 169, halfway between Grand Rapids and Hibbing.