Hill Annex Mine State Park
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Hill Annex Mine State Park is located in the Iron Range region of north central Minnesota between Grand Rapids and Hibbing.
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How to Get to Hill Annex Mine State Park: The park is located on Highway 169, just north of Calumet and about halfway between Grand Rapids and Hibbing.
- The Hill Annex Mine is the largest, intact, open pit mine that is open for tours. Active mining began here in 1913 and continued until 1978. The mine became a tourist attraction shortly thereafter. In 1988, the state legislature made Hill Annex a state park.
- The landscape, once scarred by mining operations, has now reforested. Wildlife and birds have also returned. The mine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hill Annex Mine's Natural Attractions: The open pit mine has become a lake and the area now attracts nesting eagles and hawks, as well as ospreys, gulls, and loons. Deer, wolves, bear, coyotes, and other smaller mammals also inhabit the 625 acres of the park.
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Things to Do at Hill Annex Mine: Take at least one of the tours. These are approximately 1.5 hours long and include the Historic Mine Tour and the Fossil Hunter Tour. Guided interpretive tours begin the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and end the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Group tours are available during spring, summer, and fall by contacting the park in advance.
The Clubhouse Visitor Center includes two floors of museum exhibits and a gift shop, as well as the park offices. The Observation Tower outside the Clubhouse offers views of the mine pits.
Hill Annex Mine State Park Camping
Camping in Hill Annex Mine State Park: There are no camping facilities in the park. If you want to camp in the area, there are several other state parks nearby. Just outside the gate to the park is a picnic area and playground.
More Attractions in This Region: Explore Grand Rapids and Hibbing. In Grand Rapids stop at the Forest History Center, the Judy Garland Museum, and Children's Discovery Museum. The Itasca Heritage Center has more Judy Garland Memorabilia. Visit Hibbing with stops at the Hill Rust Mahoning Mineview, the Hibbing Historical Museum, and the Bob Dylan Exhibit in the basement of the Hibbing High School.
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Hill Annex Mine State Park
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56956 Scenic Highway 7
Bigfork, MN 56628
Phone: 218-247-7215 or 218-743-3362
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