Where to go: Hike down to the waterfall area or any of the wonderful trails along the bluff line on the campground side of the park.
What you'll see: The waterfall is a slow trickle but, will provide you with very scenic views from above and below. Hike down the WPA stairs to the base of the falls for a different perspective of this beautiful creation. Head over to the campground side and hike any of the trails that follow the bluff line of the Minnesota River Valley and you will be sure to see beautiful colors along the way.
Also of interest: The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway,State Highway 68,is adjacent to the park and is a lovely drive to see fall colors.Last updated: September 30, 2014
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54497 Gadwall Road
5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.
Best time to contact the park:
Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Office hours vary. If park staff is not available please leave a message. Self registration is located outside the park office on County Road 69/Gadwall Road, on the Falls side of the park.