If you haven’t tried a “Trip on a Tankful”…think about it.
With two-week vacations becoming more rare, many people are planning several shorter trips to fill out their accumulated vacation time. And, they don’t want to spend their entire vacation traveling to and from their destination.
Thus…a “Trip On A Tankful”.
A trip you can take on about a tank full of gasoline to enjoy and explore a part of Minnesota you may have overlooked in the past. And nowadays with the economy on just about everyone’s mind it’s kind of nice to be able to make vacation plans and compute out a close approximate cost to the adventure.
All of these thoughts add up to “what’s nice about exploring Minnesota”. There are probably hundreds, if not more, areas of this state that may have slipped your attention as a vacation destination in years past. But now you might be leaning toward a very manageable outing with the family or friends.
Here’s one that may interest you.
With six lakes, tall virgin pines and a forest of birch and aspen, Scenic State Park certainly lives up to its name. It offers classic north woods views, far enough off the beaten path to be "away from it all," but easy to get to. It’s a peaceful spot preserved from lakeshore development, but offering the convenience of a swimming beach, fishing pier, campgrounds and hiking trails. You can hear loons call to each other across the lakes, watch eagles soar overhead, spot osprey perched in tall trees.
Minnesota’s Scenic State Park…Photo courtesy: Explore Minnesota Tourism
Sounding pretty good isn’t it?
The park is about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in a region of state and national forestlands. It’s just seven miles east of the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, which winds through the Chippewa National Forest between Grand Rapids and Bigfork and is a wonderful outing all by itself.
Among the 10 miles of hiking trails is the one-mile Chase Point Trail. Shaded by giant pines, the path follows a ridgeline along a narrow peninsula separating Coon and Sandwick lakes to an overlook.
Another highlight of the park is its collection of log buildings constructed during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal program that provided employment during the Great Depression. The largest is the lodge picnic pavilion, with a stone fireplace, tables crafted from giant tree trunks and split log benches.
In addition to two main campgrounds, with some electric hook ups, there are backpack and canoe-in campsites, a four-bedroom guest house and a rustic CCC cabin available to rent.
How’s that for a “Trip on a Tankful”? It’s a neat adventure that offers woods and waters, a beach for a little splashing, some fishing and a bit of American history. And, you can reach it from most places in Minnesota and surrounding states on about a tank full of gasoline or ethanol if an alternate fuel vehicle is in your driveway.
Remember, you have to reserve a spot at Minnesota’s State Parks, so call early.