Forestville Mystery Cave State Park - Preston, MN - Minnesota State Parks

 
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Welcome to 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.

Amenities

Within Facility
Drive-in Sites
73 Sites
50 non-electric sites available April 1 to November 30.

Electric Sites
23 Sites
Available mid-April to mid-October

RV Length Limit
50 Feet
Length is measured from the front of the tow vehicle to the rear of the vehicle being towed.

Horse Camp
55 Sites (23 sites are electric)

Group Camp
2 Sites

Two Picnic Areas
One picnic area is located at Mystery Cave where drinking water and bathroom facilities are available seasonally. The main park picnic area is in the park. This area includes an all-season picnic shelter, running water and flush toilets. Wheelchair accessible.

Picnic Shelter
One Shelter
Available year round. Wheelchair accessible. Includes fully enclosed and partially enclosed areas.

Warming House
Located in Picnic Shelter
Warming house is in the enclosed picnic shelter. Heated building with restrooms.

Trout angling
Several parking lots are plowed, providing access for winter trout anglers.

Park Office
Summer Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. - Wed., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thurs. through Sat.
Winter Office Hours: Hours limited due to staffing, but generally 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitor Center
Mystery Cave
The park has a visitor center located at Mystery Cave. The center has interpretive displays, tour tickets and an information desk, nature store gift shop, and restrooms.

Naturalist Programs
Occasionally
Weekend programs scheduled Memorial weekend through Labor Day.

Historic Site
Historic Forestville
Operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, the site is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Tours
Scenic Tour: The most popular tour! View unique cave formations along with pools and dramatic linear passageways.
Lantern Tour: A rugged experience. See a portion of the cave by lantern.
Geology Tour: A two-hour rugged, flashlight experience with a focus on cave geology.
Wild Caving Tour: A challenging four-hour introduction to the sport of wild caving.
Photography Tour: A two-hour tour for those who wish to set up tripods or monopods for cave photography.
School Tour - Educational field tours for students, customized to their level of study.
Advanced Educational Tour - Special prearranged tours with in-depth geology instruction.

Gift Shop
Park Office/Cave
Books, games, camping supplies, clothing, snacks and other souvenirs are available at the Mystery Cave Visitor Center during the tour season and at the main park office.

Firewood
At Park Office
Available year-round when park office is open, or at nearby self-service vendor sites.

Public Phones
At Park Office
Wheelchair accessible.

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Location

Address
21071 County 118
State/Province
Zip Code
Latitude
43.63
Longitude
-92.23
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