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Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Road, Mankato, MN 56001
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Mankato
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors

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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

our gps had trouble getting us to the falls part of the park. there's just a little brown sign pointing the turn. so if you are going north and get to the campgrounds entrance you have gone too far. the falls were pretty enough, and very easy walk. I think the signage in the park, and the maps could use... More 

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North Mankato, Minnesota
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Like the campground, and can't wait till they introduce the buffalo part to the park next year. Quiet cozy

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I took my MSU student here for the day. It was a great get away from the college campus. $5.00 to park, easy quick parking, beautiful views and a lovely simple hike to the falls.

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Shakopee, MN
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206 reviews 206 reviews
53 attraction reviews
485 helpful votes 485 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We visited on Saturday, August 9, 2014 in the early afternoon. I grew up about 60 miles west of here and never knew about this Minnesota State Park. A one day vehicle pass is $5.00. A one year vehicle pass is $25.00. We chose the one day. The ranger has printed park maps at the pay station. She directed us... More 

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Waite Park, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

The waterfalls are beautiful so I brang my family down there and kids were in water and there was dead fish everywhere then when we got back to top we seen a sign that talked about not going in the water because it was harmful waste or something like that. The lady could have told us when we bought the... More 

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Buffalo, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

View of Falls from many different vantage points based on how far you want to explore. The path to the bottom of the falls is for people that like to explore a rocky area, with many twists and turns. The path involves stairs made of rock, a bridge and a path made from many visitors wearing it down. You can... More 

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Northfield, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I've lived within and hour and 15 minutes of this park for 15 years and have never visited. It is beautiful! We took my mid-seventies parents for a walk this afternoon and were able to hike right to the bottom of the fall. It was a slightly rooty and uneven walk, but well worth it.

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Courtland, KS
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81 reviews 81 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very pretty with two waterfalls, so make sure and walk beyond the bridge to see the second, more impressive waterfall. If you have small children and have to choose, go to Sibley Park instead, however, my 5 year old loved the falls too!

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were looking for somewhere to go to see the area sites and noticed (in a tourist book) that Minneopa State Park was nearby, so we drove out to see it. It's a beautiful park area and the roar of the falls could be heard from a distance, enticing us on. The river was high, due to recent rain, so... More 

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Highland Lake County, Indiana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Driving the scenic highway a long the Minnesota River youre likely to blink and miss a little brown sign simply stating "falls" above an arrow. If you happen to see it, stomp on your brakes and turn! Its just off the main road, and again lacking wayfinding. We drove past it twice before figuring out that there were no more... More 

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