Minneopa State Park

Mankato, Minnesota 56001

Minneopa State Park

Minneopa State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The name of the park comes from the Dakota and means “water falling twice.” That’s a good description of the waterfalls on Minneopa Creek, which can be accessed via the 4.5 miles of hiking trails, which also take hikers to the point where the creek converges with the Minnesota River. It’s worth a visit in winter too, as the falls can freeze solid in dramatic form. The falls are part of a historic area within the park that includes WPA buildings, historic railings and bridge, and a windmill located near the campground.

The windmill is also along a scenic overlook that gives visitors a view of extensive prairies. This is a lovely park with an oak savanna and bountiful wildflowers in the spring and summer, and there’s a prairie restoration project underway as well. Fishing and boating on the river are favorite activities here. The campsites are well spaced, and there’s enough tree cover to provide shade and plenty of privacy. Pets are allowed."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Cross Country Skiing, Biking
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Fees per Night
Picnic tables, fire rings, hiking and biking trails, boat ramp, cross-country ski trails, naturalist programs, historic site, flush toilets, wheelchair-accessible toilets, dump station (seasonal).

Activity Feed

Jul 2018