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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

(4.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Minneopa State Park is a state park in Minnesota, United States, and was established in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls. Located on Minneopa Creek and being the largest waterfall in southern Minnesota, the site has been a popular visitor attraction since the 1850s. Minneopa is Minnesota's third oldest state park, after Itasca and Interstate. Two park resources are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1862 Seppman Mill and a district of seven Rustic Style structures built by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. The park is located almost entirely on the southern side of the Minnesota River 3mi west of Mankato. In 2014, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials announced plans to reintroduce bison to the park in a 350acre fenced enclosure.GeographyMinneopa State Park is divided into two distinct sections by a corridor of roads, railroads, and private property. The original section contains the falls and Rustic Style structures. The much larger northern section, added in 1969, stretches along the Minnesota River and includes the campground and Seppmann Mill. Although the sections are contiguous, the only way to travel from one to the other is via a county road.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This was a nice day trip visit. The falls were pretty. The hiking path to the falls was a bit muddy, so don't wear your good shoes! It might also not be for very young or older adults and it's a bit "...  more »
  • We enjoyed an easy stroll and were rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. Enjoy this park and explore even more of this beauty. 
  • Love the waterfall side but due to erosion/lack of attention there aren't enough groomed trails in that area, which means people forage their own. This can be pretty unsafe at times. Buffalo are kind ...  more »
Google
  • 4 stars average. 3 for the campground area, and 5 for the Bison drive and Waterfalls. Compared to other state parks of similar size, the campsites really neglected compared to the Bison drive and the falls area. The B loop was okay, but some A loop sites were small and awkward. The Bison drive was really nice and well maintained. The Waterfalls were beautiful and had nice steps down to the water and up the other side. Also, the geocache hunt was fun with the GPS receiver we borrowed from the ranger station. Overall it was a fun 3 day trip.
  • Great little park- it doesn't have as much programming as some of the larger parks, but the falls are great and the grounds are nice- there is a picnic shelter for groups, and additional tables around that you can use. The paths are well marked and unique- some of the paths near the falls themselves can be a little tricky for small children but lots of fun. The Bison Drive is a neat experience, and the campsites are nice as well
  • This is a beautiful park. Very well maintained. The falls are awesome and if you go down the stairs and across the bridge at the bottom there is a worn (and bumpy) path that runs along the water to a flat sandy area right next to the falls! About 1-2 miles away from the falls is the campground which is just as great. Wooded campsites, bathrooms and nice clean showers. Also located right in front of the campgrounds is a buffalo viewing area which is open to drive through 9am-8pm Thursday thru Sunday in the summer. It is definitely worth a trip to this park.
  • Great place to camp. Go out early in the morning to see the Buffalo. They don't like the heat of the summer afternoon.
  • I come see the bison at least once a week. Love that we have something so cool in our backyard!!