Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

When you think of incredible heights, Minnesota doesn’t exactly come to mind.


After all, Minnesota’s highest point is a mere 2,301 feet above sea level. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to climb high. At one state park in Minnesota, you’ll start below the trees and end up high above their canopies. Read on to learn more about Minnesota’s stomach-dropping canopy walk.


Mille Lacs Kathio State Park is a lesser known park in central Minnesota. The park is an important archeological site, home to more than 9,000 years of human history.

It is also home to incredible natural beauty. One of the best things you can do is hike its many trails. In particular, the half-mile Touch the Earth Trail takes you under a thick canopy of trees.

But after you've had your fill of walking under the canopy, it's time to rise above it.

Take the trail that leads to the 100-foot-tall fire tower that rises above the park.

Make the trek up this tower, and you'll get an up-close view of the forest trees.

Climb a little higher, and you'll have an incredible view. You'll want to go slowly. There are many steps, and there is an incredible view from each and every one.

The top of the tower is an enclosed viewing area once used to spot wildflowers. Today, it offers an incredible view high above the tree canopy.

Beyond the trees, you can see Lake Mille Lacs sparkling in the distance. It's especially beautiful in the fall.

by Betsy Rathburn

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