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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Winter Bison Drive Hours
The bison drive is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bison drive is closed Wednesdays for maintenance.
Bison drive hours change seasonally. Please check here or call the park for the latest information.
Bison Viewing Tips
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 respect posted trail closures for your own safety.
(Updated Dec. 13, 2016)
Minnesota Bison Conservation:
Learn more about Minnesota Bison Conservation at the park.
Available at the park office: GPS units, kids' activity bags, birding kits, fishing rods and tackle, volleyball, soccer ball and horseshoes.
One-Day Trip Itinerary:
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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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Best time to contact the park:
Minneopa State Park is open year round 8am-10pm. Park office hours vary. Friday through Sunday 10am to 3pm is the best time for the park office to be staffed. 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.