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Forestville Mystery Cave State Park, Preston

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is a state park in Minnesota. It contains the village of Forestville, which has been restored to a 19th-century appearance. The Minnesota Historical Society operates it as a historic site. Below ground the park contains Mystery Cave, the state's longest cave, which is open to the public. The park is between Spring Valley and Preston, Minnesota.Mystery CaveThe park is in the Driftless Area, noted for its karst topography, which includes sinkholes and caves. The park is about 5mi from Mystery Cave and occupies approximately 3170acre, with camping, interpretive programs, and hiking, horseback, cross-country skiing trails, cold water streams and excellent trout fishing. The cave includes stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools, and is a constant 48°F. It has over 13mi of passages in two rock layers and is being resurveyed and remapped by volunteers.Geologic HistoryAbout 450 million years ago sedimentary rocks were deposited as the land was intermittently covered by shallow seas that transgressed and regressed. Over the eons the alternating deposits of mud and oceanic debris were compressed to form limestone, shale and sandstone layers. Today these layers are 1300ft above sea level. Within the last 500,000 to 1,000,000 years, flood waters dissolved along fractures in the limestone bedrock to create most of the cave. Acidic rainwater also sculpted the land above and around the cave, creating thousands of sinkholes and other karst features in the surrounding county.
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  • The campsite okay, the staff, rude, to the point of being nasty and mean. Never going in that direction again 
  • There wasn't a whole lot to do in this park. We walked through the historic forestville area, which was not clearly marked, trying to figure out what we were supposed to be doing. A tour guide rudely ...  read more »
  • This is a great state park with some wonderful hiking trails. There isn't an official beach but there is a swimming hole you can cool off in. Lots of wooded areas to camp. Bathrooms & showers very cle...  read more »
  • Loved the beautiful location of Forestville. Costumed characters added great ambiance and reality. Enjoyed exploring the grounds and buildings.
  • The Cave tours were amazing. But most of all the park has a lot of trees around the campsites so you kinda have some privacy and the scenery is beautiful.
  • Good tour. A little spendy for what you get.
  • Fun place to take the family camping. One of the most scenic parks I've ever been to.
  • I'm not a camper 1st off but I guess as far as camp sites go it was OK. I had never been camping before. It scared me I'm a city girl. I didn't have any cell phone service I just kept thinking what if something happens who would call for help. I agree with the last review I read bring what u need because it's a far way into town.
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