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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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Minneopa State Park is a state park in Minnesota, United States. It was established in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls, the largest waterfall in southern Minnesota, and was expanded in the 1960s to include the lower reaches of Minneopa Creek and a large tract of prairie. 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 south side of the Minnesota River, 3mi west of Mankato. In 2015 the state reintroduced American bison to the park in a 330acre fenced enclosure, which visitors can drive through in their vehicles.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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  • Beautiful any time of the year. We always enjoy visiting The Falls. Wear good shoes, there are some stairs and if you want to go under The Falls you need to be careful.  more »
  • Minneopa has so much to offer and we are so lucky to have all this beauty within minutes of Mankato.  more »
  • Minneopa, whether it be the falls side or the buffalo range side, beauty and tranquility surrounds you. The grounds are very well kept and the scenery doesn't get much better. I'm obsessed with the bu...  more »
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  • This review is strictly for the bison section of the park... as a photo enthusiast hoping to get close enough to capture these magnificent creatures and after visiting the bison section of the park five times now, I can tell you that the bison must have been beaten with cameras by the staff because in the five times I have been there, 300 yards are as close to the animals as i have gotten to them. The road inside the pen needs to be a one way loop so you can actually see them within say 100 yards. I'm hoping this change happens soon, otherwise people will stop coming to see the little dots on the horizon.
  • A beautiful state park just outside of Mankato. A great place to visit any season - during the winter the falls create fantastic ice formations. On the campground side (across the highway) you can drive through the bison range. Check the website as the they occasionally need to close the range for weather or maintenance.
  • I love the trails and the waterfalls are beautiful but my favorite place is on the camping side. If you love nature then you'll love camping or just hiking.
  • It is a tough hike down the stairs in the winter time. The stairs ice over and you might as well slide down. Once you get down to the water there are sandstone walls in a circular cavern where the waterfall pours in. Lots of beautiful carvings and the ice freezes in an amazing way.
  • Always fun and interesting to visit. It just blows mind on how untouched and natural the land is at Minneopa. I would definitely suggest Minneopa State Park to visit with the family and friends. Especially for a picnic at the Minneopa Falls.
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