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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2016 Reservations changes
The bison drive is now open for the season. Beginning Friday, May 6, the bison drive hours will be Thursday through Tuesday, 9am -8pm. The bison drive is closed on Wednesdays. Visitors must remain inside their vehicle while inside the bison range. Hiking is allowed on trails outside of the bison enclosure. Bison can be dangerous animals. Pets must be on a leash at all times and bison should be given clearance of at least 75 feet at all times.
One-Day Trip Itinerary
Spring is a fine time to visit the park. Need some ideas? Here's tips for a One-Day Trip Itinerary.
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.
(Updated April 7, 2016)
Be fascinated. Check out the naturalist programs and other activities scheduled at the park.
Bison will be reintroduced to park over the coming years. Learn more.
Seasonal Camping Update:
Camping is available year-round. Water is available at the park office. The campground sanitation building, water spigots, and trailer dump station are now open for the season.
Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.
Purchase a Minnesota State Parks Gift Card.
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.
Bird Checklist Minneopa State Park.
Best time to contact the park:
Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Park office hours vary. Friday-Sunday 10am-3pm through the summer. If park staff is not available to answer the phone, 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 and on the campground side of the park off of Hwy 68.
54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001
5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169.