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Where to go: The Hiking Club Trail offers a variety of color opportunities. On the Overlook Trail, brightly colored Maples dot the hillside.

What you'll see: Sugar maples are at a blazing peak now ranging from yellow to bright orange. Other trees are also at peak color including white ash (purple), hackberry, walnut, and hickory (yellow). Smaller trees and shrubs are also colorful, including sumac (orange toned), dogwoods (purple), and blue beech (peach). Most oak trees are still green.

A few wildflowers can still be found including sunflowers like sneeze weed (yellow) and asters ranging from white to lavender to deep purple.

Also of interest:

Mystery Cave Scenic Tours are available on weekends through the end of October from 10 am to 4 pm on the hour.

On Education MN weekend tours will be held October 16 - 19 from 10 am to 4 pm on the hour.

Historic Forestville Tours will be offered on Saturdays through the end of October from 10 am to 4 pm.

Last updated: October 1, 2014 

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Getting there

21071 County 118
Preston, MN 55965

Approximately 6 miles south of Wykoff. Entrance to the park is 4 miles south of State Highway 16 on Fillmore County Highway 5, then 2 miles east on Fillmore County 118.


Phone: Main Park: 507-352-5111
Mystery Cave: 507-937-3251

Email: forestville.statepark@state.mn.us

Best time to contact the park:

Mystery Cave Office Hours: Variable by season, call 507-937-3251

Main Park Office Hours: 507-352-5111

Summer: Sunday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Winter: Generally, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours limited due to staffing.

Office hours may vary. Please call ahead or leave a message.