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“Hike, Cave Tour, Historic Town Tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Forestville State Park

Forestville State Park
Preston, MN
507-352-5111
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Preston
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Horseback riding
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Owner description: This park, containing the largest cave in Minnesota, is especially popular with trout fishers, hikers and horseback riders.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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“Hike, Cave Tour, Historic Town Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We came just for the day. Even though there was some rain we hiked to the cemetary at the top of the hill just east of town. It was interesting to see the location and the old grave markers. Informational signs also give you more history of the location. Next we went to the cave and did the flashlight tour. This is about a 1 1/2 hour tour and was well worth your time. The passage ways are incredible and Warren out guide gives you great detailed information about the things you are seeing along the way. Don't touch the walls in the cave! One guy did this and got chewed out by Warren who is very didicated to preserving the cave in it's natural state. Coolest cave I've seen.

Next we did the tour of historic Forestville town. For 7 bucks you spend a little over and hour touring the different buildings of the site by costumed guides who are playing their 1909 part. They spoke of the town as if it really was 1909. It was fun to ask them questions as they would answer you with their in charecter responses. You feel like you have really stepped back in time. You move from the store that is complete with it's original inventory from the early 1900's to the living quarters of the owners. Our next quide was even baking cookies in the old wood burning stove. Out side our next guide takes you through the garden and into the grain house where they ground their corn for cooking. The last guide shows you how they managed to farm the land with all of the old plows etc. the tour was well worth the money and the actor/guides were all excellent at what they are doing. My hate is off to you. I've never seen anything like this at a state park. Congrats to the state of MN for providing such an experience.

Visited August 2012
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Minnetonka
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“Great cave tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We visited the park and took a cave tour years ago - before Trip Advisor existed. We were in the area recently, so we stopped by again. We are very glad we did - we had a great time. Jennifer, our guide, was very personable and knowledgable re the cave and its recent/ancient history. This gem of a state park is worth going out of your way.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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“Mystery Cave Tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed in the rustic side of the camp-ground. It seemed to be at a low-spot and therefore, there was no air movement. It was very hot. But--NO MOSQUITOES!!!! The rustic campground is very wooded. In the electric side, it seemed cooler and greener. We loved visiting the mystery caves.

Visited July 2012
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Chatfield, Minnesota
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“Spring Wildflowers are out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Beautiful spring flowers are out on the wooded trails now. When they fade, the summer flowers on the prairie will be blooming, then fall leaves will create interesting views. Check out the pioneer cemetary and do some trout fishing in the river, or go birdwatching or geocatching. You can check out equipment for all of these activites at the park office.

Visited April 2012
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Wabasha, Minnesota
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“Horsing araound”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Great horse camp sites. Awesome facilities. Love the trails. Will bring my horses back here in the future.

Visited June 2011
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