Duluth Skyline Parkway

Overlooking the lovely port city of Duluth, the Skyline Parkway offers travelers a rewarding, bird's-eye view of the harbor and the endless shoreline of Lake Superior. Recreational opportunities on neighboring trails and in local parks make this drive especially refreshing. Enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and picnic areas along the way. Observation points at the steepest and highest points of The Hill provide picture-perfect views of the city, the lake and all many exciting activities that take place here. At the northern end of the Byway, Hawk Ridge is an excellent vantage point for watching migratory birds in spring and fall. Keep an eye on our sparkling harbor for a spectacular sight: a massive ore boat gliding across the lake, bringing its cargo to port. For a delightful photo opportunity, try to catch a sunrise while you're here. You won't be disappointed!

Distance: 19.6 miles
Travel Time: 50 minutes

Things to do


Visit Duluth

Duluth is a four-season city – as breathtaking in winter white as it is in summer green. Come any time of year, and you’ll find an entirely new place to explore. The quiet of our forests and the splendor of the Lake Superior shoreline mesh into a getaway experience that will both relax and rejuvenate you.

Birding / Wildlife / Wildflowers

Birding Areas / Wildlife Viewing / Wild Flowers

Find opportunities to view wildlife, flora and native bird species all along Scenic 61


Hiking Trails

Trails abound in Minnesota, with warm welcoming "trail towns" offering history hand in hand with dining, lodging and entertainment.



Most state trails are multi-use, including mushing. Visit the Department of Natural Resources to find specific trails and their uses.



Trails abound in Minnesota, with warm welcoming "trail towns" offering history hand in hand with dining, lodging, and entertainment.


Duluth Courses

Duluth offers a few different options for "hitting the links"-including a disc golf course!


Campgrounds / RV Parks / State Parks

Visit Community Pages for specific information on privately owned and operated campsites. There are many to choose from!



If you have a specific lake in mind, check out the Minnesota DNR's web site - you'll find numerous outfitters listed by the lake they service.



The Department of Natural resources manages thousands of acres of public hunting land for the state and the USDA Forest Service.



On the Skyline Parkway, scenic vistas abound. Watch for well-signed roadside stops, interpretive sites and landmarks.

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