Forestville State Park

Preston, Minnesota 55965

Forestville State Park

Forestville State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
160 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1,150 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,225 feet
Top Elevation
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Contacts
State park trail map. USGS quads; Fountain and Greenleafton.
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018