Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Visit Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground. In the summer, beat the heat with a visit below ground. Explore the world of Mystery Cave with its stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools. Park naturalists provide tours of the cave throughout the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. The temperature stays at a constant 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn more about Mystery Cave Tours.

Above ground, stop by Historic Forestville, a restored 1800s village operated by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Fish three blue-ribbon trout streams for brown trout. Take in the soft pastels of wildflowers in spring or listen to ruffed grouse drumming and wild turkeys gobbling. Hike or bring your horse to ride the ridge tops and stream valleys. Observe interesting geologic features along the way including sinkholes and dramatic Big Spring. In the fall, don't miss the bold colors of the forest. Winter invites visitors to ski or snowmobile the Bluff Country.

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Visitor Alert

Driving Directions

Do not rely on your GPS unit or online driving directions when visiting the main park or Mystery Cave area, as you may be routed to a closed bridge! We recommend you follow the "Getting There" directions at the bottom of this page.

(Updated Dec. 19, 2017)

Park Notes

Mystery Cave Tours

  • Scenic Tours will resume weekends only starting April 14, 2018 until May 27, 2018(Memorial Day weekend). From Memorial Day until Labor Day, September 3, 2018, the tours will be scheduled daily. Time for the tours will be from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
  • Reserve online or call 866-857-2757.
  • Reservations may be booked 24 hours or more in advance, but there are no same day reservations. Any unsold tickets are available for purchase at the cave on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour.
  • Get more details about all Mystery Cave tours.
  • Learn more about Historic ForestvilleThis link leads to an external site.from the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Download the tour brochure. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Scenic Tour

This guided tour provides the best overall cave experience. You'll see excellent examples of cave formations along with pools and dramatic linear passageways. This tour involves 3/4 mile of walking on paved trails and bridges. Tour is ADA accessible. Learn more.

Lantern Tour

A rugged experience. See a portion of the cave by lantern. Not available to children under 8. Learn more.

Geology Tour

Experience a rustic, flashlight tour with a focus on cave geology. This tour is more physically challenging than the one-hour tour and is not available to children under 8. Learn more.

Wild Caving Tour

This is the real thing - caving! You will be crawling and squeezing through undeveloped portions of Mystery Cave. Please plan about four hours, with two to three hours underground. Learn more.

Photography Tour

A tour for those who wish to set up tripods or monopods for cave photography. This tour takes approximately two hours. Learn more.

School Tour

Educational field tours for students, customized to their level of study. Learn more.

Advanced Educational Tour

Special prearranged tours with in-depth geology instruction offered to groups of ten or more that desire additional study of caves and karst topography, including college and advanced high school groups. Learn more.

Virtual Tour

Can't get to the park? Take the virtual tour. (It's also a great tool to help you plan your next trip!) Panoramic tour | Snapshot tour | HD video This link leads to an external site. | Video tour of the Zumbro Hill Cemetery

White Nose Bat Syndrome

A fungus dangerous to bats has been confirmed at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. The fungus is known to cause white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that is harmful and mostly fatal to hibernating bats, and has decimated bat populations in the eastern portions of the United States and Canada. The syndrome is transmitted primarily from bat to bat and is not known to pose a threat to humans, pets, livestock or other wildlife.

Public tours of the cave will continue. To help keep the fungus from spreading, visitors will be required to walk across special mats designed to remove spores from footwear. Visitors also are advised not to visit other caves or mines with any clothing, footwear or gear they have used in areas where WNS or the associated fungus is present, because washing alone cannot sufficiently disinfect clothing.

Learn more about white-nose syndrome and what you can do to help slow its spread.

Camper Cabins

Five camper cabins are available year round. Self-registration is not available, and the park office may be closed due to seasonal activities. Reserve a cabin in advance to be sure the key is available for you upon arrival! See camper cabin map.PDF

Gift Cards

Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.

Only use approved firewood!

Help prevent the spread of tree-killing insects by burning only approved firewood, available at all Minnesota State Parks.


Bird Checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

Park Highlights

tree Tours of Mystery Cave

tree Historic Forestville Tours

tree Trout Streams

tree Camping

tree Great Hiking/Horseback Trails

tree Spring Flowers


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.


21071 County 118
Preston, MN 55965

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

fax: 507-352-5113


Getting There

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

Mystery Cave Entrance is 6 miles south on County Road 5 from State Highway 16. Right-hand turn on 180th street west, 3/4 mile, turn right on Old Cave Road, travel 1/2 mile north. On your left is Mystery Cave Entrance Road.