Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Trail conditions:

Volunteers from the local snowmobile clubs groom the trails if conditions are good. Conditions are poor for snowmobile, skiing and snowshoeing in the park. The recent warm temperatures have melted snow, leaving bare exposed ground and areas of thick ice. The Historic bridge has been closed to all traffic including foot traffic. Hikers can access the north side of the park via the Forestville Creek stream crossing. For a beautiful hike take the 1 mile Palisades Trail loop. Take a right on Maple Road before entering the main park and park at the Quonset hut parking lot. The trailhead is across the road. Enjoy an easy hike along the river below a towering limestone bluff. A 4 mile round trip hike to Big Spring from the Angler parking lot won't disappoint. The hike crosses Canfield Creek and follows it to the spring.

Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? no
Trail base: 1"
Trail mileage: 11
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Trail conditions: poor
Trail groomed? unknown
Trail base: 1"
Trail mileage: 5

The trail(s):
Trails wind through wooded stream valleys and across ridges providing a diverse trail experience, including scenic views. Snowmobile trails connect with an extensive Grant-In-Aid system and are groomed by local clubs. No ski grooming is done.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • A heated picnic shelter is available at the main picnic area adjacent to trails.
  • Regular campgrounds are closed for the winter.
  • Snowshoes available for rent at the park office.
  • Camper cabins are available by reservation.

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Last updated on March 03, 2023. Local snow depth is 1 inches".

Getting there

21071 County 118
Preston, MN 55965

Park entrance is four miles south of MN Highway 16 on Fillmore County Highway 5 and two miles east on Fillmore County 118. DO NOT DEPEND UPON A GPS UNIT AS YOU WILL BE ROUTED TO A CLOSED BRIDGE.

Parking is available at the trailhead.


Phone: (507) 352-5111
Email: [email protected]
Generally, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours limited due to staffing.

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