Minneopa State Park
The word Minneopa comes from the Dakota language and is interpreted to mean "water falling twice," referring to the beautiful waterfalls of the Minneopa Creek. Walk the trail which encircles the falls, leading down a limestone stairway to the valley below. Ascend the opposite side and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which reveals the underlying geology of this area. Visit Seppmann Mill, a wind driven grist mill fashioned in German style from native stone and lumber, or hike through oak savanna and native prairie grasslands overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.
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Mill Road Closed to Prepare for Bison
The Mill Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic from July 13th until further notice. Bison crossing structures and gates will be installed on the roadway during the closure.
Prairie restoration underway at Minneopa State Park
A restoration of prairie and oak savanna habitat is taking place at Minneopa State Park. Improvements to the valley overlook will allow visitors a better view of the prairie and bison. The majority of park trails will remain open during the project. Expect increased traffic from heavy equipment. Parking along this road is not allowed.
Waterfall Loop Trail
A section of trail that completes the circle trail around the iconic Minneopa State Park waterfall is closed due to a severe erosion issue. Access to the base of the falls is still possible using a one-way trail route. Please be respectful of posted trail closures for your own safety.
Last updated July 8, 2015
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Bison will be reintroduced to park over the coming years. Learn more.
Seasonal Camping Update:
Camping is available year-round with electricity. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are now open for the season.
Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.
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Don't move firewood!
Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Minneopa State Park.
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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.
54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001
5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.