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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

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Where to go: Hike the Townsite Loop to enjoy the large variety of late summer and early fall prairie plants in full bloom.

What you'll see: On the restored prairie you will enjoy bright shades of purple, yellow, pink, green, and white while viewing asters, goldenrods, sunflowers, sneeze weeds, and gentians.

Golden hues of the prairie grasses are in contrast to the green foliage of nearby trees and the blue sky. Indian grass is now heading out.

Color is just beginning in the forest with a few chokecherry trees beginning to show signs of yellow, and a few sumac shrubs just barely beginning to show bright red. Maples have spots of red/orange color in places.

Also of interest:

Mystery Cave Scenic Tours are available on weekends through the end of October from 10 am to 4 pm on the hour.

On weekdays from September 15 - 28 tours will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. However, there will be no 1:00 tour on Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 due to school groups visiting the cave

On Education MN weekend tours will be held October 16 - 19 from 10 am to 4 pm on the hour.

Historic Forestville Tours will be offered on Saturdays through the end of October from 10 am to 4 pm.

Last updated: September 15, 2014 

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Getting there

21071 County 118
Preston, MN 55965

Approximately 6 miles south of Wykoff. Entrance to the park is 4 miles south of State Highway 16 on Fillmore County Highway 5, then 2 miles east on Fillmore County 118.


Phone: Main Park: 507-352-5111
Mystery Cave: 507-937-3251

Email: forestville.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Mystery Cave Office Hours: Variable by season, call 507-937-3251

Main Park Office Hours: 507-352-5111

Summer: Sunday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Winter: Generally, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours limited due to staffing.

Office hours may vary. Please call ahead or leave a message.