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Minneopa State Park

The word Minneopa comes from the Dakota language and is interpreted to mean "water falling twice," referring to the beautiful waterfalls of the Minneopa Creek. Walk the trail which encircles the falls, leading down a limestone stairway to the valley below. Ascend the opposite side and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley which reveals the underlying geology of this area. Visit Seppmann Mill, a wind driven grist mill fashioned in German style from native stone and lumber, or hike through oak savanna and native prairie grasslands overlooking the scenic Minnesota River Valley.

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Visitor Alert!

Bison Drive Now Open

Take a stroll up Bison Drive to see the newly acquired Bison Herd that now calls Minneopa State Park home. Bison Drive Winter hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday or as staffing allows. The Bison Drive will be closed holidays through the winter and during significant weather events like heavy rain or snowfall. The gates will close daily at 3:30 p.m. sharp so please exit the range before then. Please contact Minneopa State Park if you have any questions or would like more information.

Waterfall Loop Trail

A section of trail that completes the circle trail around the iconic Minneopa State Park waterfall is closed due to a severe erosion issue. Access to the base of the falls is still possible using a one-way trail route. Please be respectful of posted trail closures for your own safety.

Last updated September 15, 2015

Park Notes

Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.

Reintroducing Bison:

Bison will be reintroduced to park over the coming years. Learn more.

Seasonal Camping Update:

Camping is available year-round with electricity. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are now closed for the season.

Loaner Equipment:

Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.

Virtual Tour:

Take a virtual tour. It's a great tool to help you plan your next trip to the park!
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Don't move firewood!

Burning non-local firewood can spread invasive species, and it's against Minnesota state law. Learn more. Always buy your firewood at the park, or from an approved local vendor. Find firewood vendors for Minneopa State Park.


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Park Highlights

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Best time to contact the park:

Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Office hours vary. If park staff is not available please leave a message. Self registration is located outside the park office on County Road 69/Gadwall Road, on the Falls side of the park.


54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001

tel: 507-389-5464

email: minneopa.statepark@state.mn.us

Getting There

5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.