Scenic State Park

Bigfork, Minnesota 56639

Scenic State Park

Scenic State Park Professional Review and Guide

"This is a relaxing hike through a marsh and out onto a needle-cushioned path among aromatic pines. Here blue water and picturesque panoramic views merge.

This area is the former home of a huge glacier that left the long, shapely esker that now divides Coon and Sandwick Lakes. It’s also home of the osprey, a large raptor whose nest of twigs looms in the upper branches of the tallest trees."

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"When the state established this park in 1921, they appropriately named it Scenic. Fortunately, the place still lives up to its title. The park offers pine trees, pleasant trails around the lake, and panoramic views from the Chase Point Trail. The trail actually follows the upper ridge of an esker, which is one of those things that gets mentioned in geology books, but seldom elsewhere.

Eskers are elevated, high ridges winding like snakes on the ground. They came about when glaciers covered the ground with a couple of hundred feet deep of ice. As the climate warmed, the glacier melted and created huge internal rivers, which also carried whatever rock or gravel that happened to be in the ice."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
1,380 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,410 feet
Top Elevation
Scenic State Park, Bigfork, MN; (218) 743-3362; Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 (only in MN); www.dnr.state
Local Contacts
USGS Coon Lake
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Oct 2018