The view is fantastic. The extreme difference in elevation between the east and west sides of the Mississippi River at this point makes for a great observation point. OK, this photo isn't so great but it was raining after all. We have been to the park on a bright sunny day and I was so impressed with the view to the west. It seemed you could see for hundreds of miles. You know how photos are, they just give you a taste of what's there. You have to see with your own eyes to get the real feel.
Bring your own meal or make use of the concession stand. We picked up a hot lunch at the concession stand and then went up to the top of ridge to one of the small pavilions to eat. It was great. There was a light, warm rain with a light breeze. The pavilion was built of local stone and wood beams with a large stone table in athe center. We sat on the table and enjoyed the view, the food, and the peace. From the aspect of this photo, to the left is the highest part of the park, the best view, and to the right are the earthworks of the part of the fort nearest the river.