Fire towers, views and underground explorations

Cabin at a State Park

Find out what's going on far above or far below the Minnesota landscape. Many Minnesota state parks offer stunning birds-eye views from fire towers or high bluff outlooks. Or, if heights aren't your thing, try exploring underground, with cave tours and potholes!

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


state map showing this park's locationItasca State Park


state map showing this park's locationMille Lacs Kathio State Park


state map showing this park's locationSt. Croix State Park


state map showing this park's locationWhitewater State Park


state map showing this park's locationScenic State Park also has a fire tower, but you can't climb to the top of this one.

Subterranean explorations:

state map showing this park's locationForestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Minnesota's longest cave!

state map showing this park's locationHill Annex Mine State Park
Go down in history with a tour of the old iron mine.

state map showing this park's locationInterstate State Park
Peer into the Bake Oven Pothole that makes this park so unique.

state map showing this park's locationLake Superior State Water Trail
Surprised? At 602 feet, Lake Superior has the lowest elevation in Minnesota. (Pull that out at your next trivia game!)

state map showing this park's locationLake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
Slip on a hard hat and travel half a mile underground!