By Jim Umhoefer
Itasca County. About 7 miles east of Bigfork on County 7. State highway map index: 1-7.
At Scenic, the indoor interpretive programs (films, discussions, etc.) are held in a beautiful, sturdy lodge on the shores of Coon Lake. The lodge was built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The forest murals were painted by a CCC artist. Outdoor activities include hikes under the park's tall pines, campfire programs and wildflower walks.
There are about 14 types of orchids in the wilds of Scenic State Park. Hikers might see several varieties of lady's slipper, Minnesota's state flower. Some wildflowers, like moccasin flowers, flourish in conifer bogs. The round-leafed sundsew, also common in small marches, works for its food by trapping insects on a drop of adhesive at the ends of its hairs. Read more: