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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
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Nice State Park

Let me start by saying that there is no cell service anywhere in the park and within about 3 miles... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This was a great find.

I had the pleasure to visit Mystery Cave with my family and loved every second. I have been... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

The DNR website for this recommends using a Google map to find this park and they give a specific address to use for finding this park. We thought we'd be fine entering that address into our GPS. Don't be like us. It was fine, mind you, but we arrived about 30-45 minutes later than planned after getting lost in farm country. The ranger (Warren) was super helpful when we called asking for directions and we got there fine. We camped in a cabin while at the park and did some hiking, so I can't speak to horse trails, fishing, or skiing/snowshoeing (which we saw were activities there).

CAMPING: We stayed in a cabin in the park that night. What a treat! The area was incredibly quiet with one one other person (or group) in a cabin. A barred owl was calling when we got into our cabin, but quiet through the night. The cabin was close to the parking area for easy transport of gear. The interior of the cabin was clean, there were plenty of lights, the heat worked well, and there were tons of coat hooks on the walls (which was nice for hanging pants that were went from walking in snow).

HIKING: This park had so much to choose from for hiking. We only had time for one trail and chose the Sandbank trail and veered off towards the lookout. It was around 8:00 in the morning when we hit the trail and the 2nd week of December and it had already been light for an hour (on a clear morning). Know that if you come here at the peak of winter you'll have lots of light to play outside in as long as it's not cloudy. The trail was short but gave a great challenge given elevation gain and the soft snow. We didn't see anyone else on the trail, so it was peaceful. The views were incredible, as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
4  Thank rweintothewoodsyet
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

We tent camped on the coldest weekend of MEA weekend! With frost covering everything, that didn't stop us from exploring the great trails or enjoying our cave tour! Trails were well maintained but signage was difficult in some places. Park staff said they are working on that. Camp sites were well maintained and park staff was very friendly and informative. Loved our hiking and time down by the river/streams! We heard owls at night and some other creatures I have yet to identify which made it all the more fun to camp there! Great family friendly park! Lots of campers with dogs and kids around. We did a quick stop at the historic site but bypassed it (fee based) and headed up to the old cemetery on top of the hill. Amazing little place that was established before MN even became a state! So many things to see and places to explore! I highly recommend camping here. We took the "scenic" cave tour and it was awesome! Only a couple of stairs, well lighted in all the right places, and it's a stunning cave! I can't wait to go back and do the flashlight and other more die-hard tour!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank safechrisLaurie
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a very nice state park. We stayed in one of the camper cabins and it was super nice! Hiking, a tour of Mystery Cave, and viewing the historic buildings are just a few things you can do here. I certainly recommended a stay at Forestville Park.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Curiosity569956
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

The tour was wonderful! It was informative & the guide encouraged questions. We were able to get some good pictures.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TrailRidingCowgirl
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

We camped at Forestville with two children aged 3 and 8. There is a primitive loop with pit toilets, a tent loop with no electricity but access to showers and flush toilets, and a trailer loop with all accommodations. We were tenting.
The site has some great cold water trout streams that are shallow enough to wade in and play in when the weather gets warm. Hiking trails are many and of varied difficulty but all through wooded spaces. The Forestville town site is closed during the week but you can wander around the outside of the buildings and the site. No gates or posted restrictions.
Overall a very nice way to spend a couple days with kids. The site was reasonably quiet and each space was secluded enough for a state park.
Staff was great and very helpful. The Bridgeman's ice cream in Preston is close enough to be a nice break from the woods, if needed.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Brad J
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