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“Epic Park=Epic Adventures”

Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Preston
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Owner description: This park, containing the largest cave in Minnesota, is especially popular with trout fishers, hikers and horseback riders.
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
“Epic Park=Epic Adventures”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

I came out here in July and hiked over a dozen miles at this park. It's quite stunning. When we came out here they were re-enacting some civil war times. It was cool crossing the bridge from the parking lot because it was like stepping back in time. After that we went and looked at the Zumbro hill cemetary-super old. Lots of nice rolling hills for hiking. There was a lot of river crossings here. You may want to wear old shoes for this one. We saw people fly fishing and on horseback. The hike culminated in the big spring which is awesome. The river was bubbling out of a cave in a giant cliff face. I had never seen anything like this anywhere. The water was cold with a blue tint to it. Well worth checking out.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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153 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Lots to do”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Our favorite was the Mystery Cave, but there are lots of trails and plenty of nature to enjoy. The Root River also runs through and our guide at the cave mentioned the fishing, which must have been good since we saw several people headed to the river to fish!

Visited September 2013
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Minnesota
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great park with lot's to do!!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This was our first time at Forestville, and we had a great trip! There are a lot of hiking trails and things to do (Mystery Cave and Forestville tours). The scenery was lovley, beautilful forest trails and open plains. The Root river also runs throught the park, which was nice to hike along. There are some spots you can swim in the river too. The park has nice shower/bathroom facilities....which is always a plus!! There were almost NO mosquitos in the park too!! The only drawback was the amount of noise in the park and it also seemed like this is the only state park that does not enforce the 10:00pm quite time, people were loud until at least midnight:(

Overall, we had a great time and will be back!!!

Visited August 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Sweet park!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Little to no mosquitos and a beautiful park! This place is worth checking out. Next time I go down here, I want to camp and fly fish the river. It really is a glorious place!

Visited September 2012
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Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“We like camping at this state park.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We camped in late July 2013 for a long weekend in an electric site. We like the park. Good camp sites. Big. Not the most private, but OK. The facilities were really nice (Showers and Flush Toilets). No mosquitos! Hardly a bug at all, really. The Mystery Cave tour is fun. It's really, really dark so be aware that it'll take some adjusting. Wear reliable grippy shoes. One thing that we noticed when trying to find the state park is that the signs are very confusing from the road. When you see any of the signs, take your time and really view them. Mystery Cave is not close to the camp sites so don't turn that way first (like we did).

The old ghost town of Forestville is interesting. We were there on a civil war re-enactment day which made it more fun. The re-enactors were pretty good and informative. They also engaged the audience. You might be enlisted for a bit of marching/drilling! You might want to see the old cemetary. Be advised that it is a long walk. We were not prepared but kept pressing onward thinking "we can't turn around now". It was worthwhile, but it took us an hour and a half to do the walk both ways. It is truly up on the top of that hill. And we wished we'd brought water! And like all the signs in these parts, it was hard to figure out which path to take to go into the woods and up the hill. We overshot it at first. But take the journey--just know more than we did! No mosquitos gratefully in the woods.

It is very pretty country in southeastern MN. Always worthwhile to drive through. We had a meal in Lanesboro which is nearby. It's also Amish country.

Visited July 2013
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