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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Preston

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 85+ 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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  • Mystery Cave is in a remote state park. There is a small gift shop with limited snacks, a nature center, and picnic areas. The 1 hour (.5 mile) tour starts across the Root River. There are 4 medium si...  read more »
  • Mystery Cave is a Minnesota Must See! Natural wonders abound, history is fascinating and options for tours is exceptional. 
  • Toured both Niagara and Mystery caves in one day. Only about 30 minutes apart. Not that busy for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We bought our tickets online to ensure we could get on a time we wan...  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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