Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

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From Explore MN Tourism

Seasonal Update

Water: Water systems are functional year-round at the park office and picnic area and available seasonally in campground areas from mid-April through mid-October.

Drinking Water: See above.

Bathroom Facilities: Flush toilets are available year-round at the picnic shelter, park office and whenever the Mystery Cave Visitor Center is open. Flush toilets are available in the campground from mid-April through mid-October. Vault toilets are available in the campground year-round.

Showers: The campground showers are available seasonally from mid-April through mid-October.

Dump Station: Is available seasonally from May through September.


Campgrounds: Camping is available April through November 30. Rustic non-electric campsites are available when the shower building is closed, in spring and fall.

Semi-modern camping with showers is available from mid-April through mid-October.

The group camp is available from April through October.

The horse camp is available from May 1 through October.

Electric Sites: Are available in the main camp from mid-April through mid-October.

In the horse camp, they are available from May 1 through October 31st.

Special Notes for RV Campers: Regular electric campsites have 30 amp service. Horse electric campsites have 50 amp service.


Contact Notes: 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.


Trail Notes: Horse / hiking trails are surfaced with crushed limestone. Shod horses are strongly recommended. Horse trails open May through October. Hiking is available year round. No grooming is done for skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, but these activities are allowed anywhere in the park. Snowmobile trails are open from December 1 through March 31 when adequate snow is present.

Season Rentals: Snowshoes are available for rental when the office is open..

Naturalist Programs and Park Tours:

Traditional campfire programs and naturalist-led walks and field trips are offered from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Mystery Cave tours are available every day from Memorial Weekend through September 7, and on Saturdays and Sundays in spring and fall beginning in mid-April through October. For specific tour dates and times, follow this link.

Tours of Historic Forestville, by the Minnesota Historical Society, are available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sundays noon to 4 pm from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Additional tours are available on Saturdays ONLY in May, September, and October also from 10 am to 4 pm. More information can be obtained by calling 507-765-2785.