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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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4.5/5 based on 120+ 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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  • These waterfalls are absolutely beautiful, and the force of the water is fascinating!Definitely worth the stop!! 
  • Went here on Saturday and was able to walk the trail and see the Bison close up. Then went across to the Falls. This was my first time at this park and it was beautiful. I would go again. 
  • We had a great time viewing the bison herd inside the fenced in area. A person can drive right into area where they are grazing. We also viewed the beautiful waterfalls area. Plenty of parking and eas...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bathrooms smelled like somebody died in them, I was afraid to even look in the shower area. Almost no signs to direct you on the various paths. Our campsite appeared to be a partially drained swamp. Clouds of bugs, to the point where you could not even sit around a fire. Although, that wasn't much of an issue since the wood they sold was so wet you needed an act of god to start a fire. We will not be going back. Have never been so disappointed with a state park campground.
  • Nice place. Paved trail for biking and stroller. There is a bridge between small and big fall. There is no railing near the small falls. You can go very near to the falls too but it's little slippery. To go near the falls, you have to go down the stairs and then take narrow, uneven trail.
  • Nice place if its on ur way.. i wouldnt travel far to see. There are much nicer falls in MN. The Bison were sooo far from road with heads down the whole time so u could bearly see them they just looked like cows
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