Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
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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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Forestville experienced flooding on May 20th. The streams have now returned to their banks, but are still colored today. They should begin to clear later today. Damage assessment is occurring, and there has been some facility damage. It is likely that the Big Spring Trail will be closed, and Mystery Cave tours may be shifted to the Minnesota Caverns entrance. Campsites are not affected by flooding. The picnic shelter at the main park has been cleaned and is open. This site will be updated daily during the next few days.
Horse Riding Area and Trails are open
Spring wildflowers have begun to appear in abundance today, Monday, May 6th.
Mystery Cave Open Daily
Daily Scenic tours begin Memorial Day Weekend. Additional tours will also be available on weekends .
Reservations can be made for tours at Mystery Cave online or by calling 866-857-2757.
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
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 about this tour.
A tour for those who wish to set up tripods or monopods for cave photography. This tour takes approximately two hours. Learn more about this tour.
Educational field tours for students, customized to their level of study. Learn more about this tour.
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 about this tour.
Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park! Get additional online information about Mystery Cave Tours
Get additional online information about Mystery Cave Tours, or check out the tour brochure .
The Zumbro Hill Cemetery:
A town once flourished within the park's boundaries, and where there is a town, there is a town cemetery. Take a video tour of the Zumbro Hill Cemetery, with headstones dating from the 1850s.
White Nose Bat Syndrome:
White nose syndrome is a fungus that is killing off bat populations. There is no known human threat from this fungus. It was first found in New York, but has since spread to over 17 states and three Canadian provinces. It has not yet been found in Minnesota.
As a special precaution to protect our bat population, we ask that visitors please disinfect any clothing or equipment that may have come in contact with contaminated caves or mines prior to their visit to our park. Learn more about White Nose Bat Syndrome.
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Firewood Restrictions Information:
The regular trout season runs from mid-April through mid-September. The catch and release season runs from January 1 until mid-April, and again from mid-September through September 30. A fishing license and trout stamp is required in the park.
Overnight camping is available seasonally. Learn more.
The Minnesota Horse Pass is required for equestrians at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. These may be purchased from any ELS license agent prior to your visit.
Bird Checklist at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
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.