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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Do not rely on your GPS unit or online driving directions when visiting the Main Park area or the 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.
Mystery Cave Tours
Scenic Mystery Cave tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays only beginning April 12, 2014 from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the daily tour schedule begins and additional tours are also available.
Tour reservations can be made beginning mid-April for the current calendar year.
Due to group reservations there will be limited walk-in tour availability on the following days and times:
Due to the high volume of school tours reserved in late May, the availability of first-come-first-served tours and tour reservations will be limited on some days. This may result in longer waiting times for tours on the following dates and times:
Last updated April 14, 2014
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Mystery Cave tour reservations can be made online or by calling 866-857-2757.
Reservations must be made 24 hours or more in advance; same day reservations are not available.
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 about this tour.
A rugged experience. See a portion of the cave by flashlight.Learn more about this 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 four and under. Learn more about this tour.
Wild Caving Tour
• Horse campground map
• Trails are surfaced with crushed rock.
• Shod horses are strongly recommended.
Best time to contact the park:
Mystery Cave Office Hours: Variable by season, call 507-937-3251
Main Park Office Hours:
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
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.