Forestville State Park

Preston, Minnesota

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A short hike through a mostly equestrian park. Back in the mid-1800s when train companies were deciding where to lay the railroad lines through the countryside, they chose to bypass Forestville. After this decision, the once thriving town was bought out by a local merchant, who slowly closed up shop. Today, only a few buildings remain, which have been preserved to their turn-of-the-century appearance. The town’s main feature is Meighen Dry Goods store, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It’s open to everyone, and staff even wear period dress, fitting for the age. This is said to be the most heavily used park by equestrians, though hikers are also welcome. Trails explore the old town plat lines (where only the street corners remain), follow the creeks, and climb into the surrounding hills.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

A short hike through a mostly equestrian park. Back in the mid-1800s when train companies were deciding where to lay the railroad lines through the countryside, they chose to bypass Forestville. After this decision, the once thriving town was bought out by a local merchant, who slowly closed up shop. Today, only a few buildings remain, which have been preserved to their turn-of-the-century appearance.

The town’s main feature is Meighen Dry Goods store, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. It’s open to everyone, and staff even wear period dress, fitting for the age. This is said to be the most heavily used park by equestrians, though hikers are also welcome. Trails explore the old town plat lines (where only the street corners remain), follow the creeks, and climb into the surrounding hills.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Preston
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 1,225 feet
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map. USGS quads; Fountain and Greenleafton.
Driving Directions: Directions to Forestville State Park

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