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Scenic State Park, Bigfork

4.7
#60 of 85 in Nature in Minnesota
Scenic State Park is a Minnesota state park near Bigfork in Itasca County.Ten buildings and structures in the park, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Rustic Style, are included within the National Register of Historic Places. This development started in 1933, and was the first CCC state park camp to begin operating within Minnesota. The buildings, of log construction, received considerable acclaim from the National Park Service. The landscape design was also prepared by the National Park Service and is one of the most thorough and extensive designs executed by their landscape architects.
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  • Recently went camping with my wife found the camping spots to be nice beautiful lake to hike around listen to the loons etc a few bugs but tolerable the only down side were the restrooms and showers w...  more »
  • Scenic State Park was set aside to protect some of the last old growth forest in Minnesota. Here you can see giant white pine, red pine, white spruce, paper birch and many more. Two large lakes are se...  more »
  • We walked the Chase Point trail, Fairly easy hike and beautiful, we were excited to see the old growth trees.  more »
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  • This campsite is one of my favorites! Ample boat rentals, friendly staff, and well maintained grounds. Don't forget your own axe, and some fire starter :)
  • I'm only giving it a four because of the beauty of the lake and the super amazing staff. Otherwise, I'd give it a three. When I think of camping I think that you would have your own little area surrounded by trees and be slightly secluded. If you plan to stay here don't expect that. We got stuck at a site that was shared with another group of about 10 kids and 6 adults who also had another adjacent site. And we ended up being about 3 feet away from these people. Which was highly annoying and not at all what we wanted. So just expect that you may get stuck right next to campers, other groups, etc. The porter potties need to be dusted and cleaned badly. They also have these lovely things called dark fishing spiders(which you should really look up because they're creepy asf). They only hunt at night usually and don't typically bite but when you go to the bathroom at 1am I'd bring a shoe with you ;) the mosquitoes are crazy bad here and are totally resistant to 20 layers of bug spray. I would suggest bringing some peppermint oil to rub on to repell them and a bug zapper is a good idea. There's also A LOT of horse flies and deer flies especially on the lake by the shore. We did end up going kayaking and that was the highlight of the trip! It was so gorgeous and the lake was mesmerizing. ♡ lots of islands to stop at and there's a part of the lake that is entirely covered in water lilies. The lakes connect so there's a lot to explore and really has a rustic look. Lots of lunes on the lake who have no problem getting close to you. Only thing is again there's lots of bugs and spiders here so when you get a kayak or canoe except to find lots of spiders. The first one they gave me had at least 10 spiders and I just gave up and got a new one. Some of the other kayaks smelt like rotten something or other. We also couldn't go to the firetower because the trail was so bug infested which really sucked.
  • While this park is has little in the way of comforts for people, it is very scenic, and has miles of trails. Some of the trails are minimally groomed, but very fin to walk, and well worth the trip. If you like getting out into nature, and if you are a shutterbug, this is a great place to spend a day. Ther is camping avalible here as well.
  • This place is amazing. Go. Fish, hike, enjoy.
  • The park does not just have a clever name, it is absolutely beautiful here! The staff is very friendly, and will answer any questions that you have. Fishing this late in the season was a little tough, as the water vegetation was very overgrown, but still pulled out a couple of large bass and crappie. We will definitely be going back!

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