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Have a picnic!

This is a great day trip from the Twin Cities. You can stop at the largest candy store in Minnesota... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Crystal J
So close and so accessible!

Minneopa S.P. is so close and so accessible. When you go there on a beautiful day, take the time to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato, MN 56001-5929
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great day trip from the Twin Cities. You can stop at the largest candy store in Minnesota along the way. The park boasts a double waterfall and they are correct. The water was running pretty fast, when we were there and it...More

Thank Crystal J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Minneopa S.P. is so close and so accessible. When you go there on a beautiful day, take the time to sit for awhile to enjoy the sounds of the waterfalls. Walk to the end of the trail and back. Go through the buildings and think...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The falls area is a must-see, and there is a staircase that goes down into the gorge. Be careful, as it can be icy in winter. The base of the falls is good for swimming, but be sure not to get to get too close...More

Thank Roon87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove up to Minneopa State Park today. We first visited the waterfalls. The parking lot is almost right at the falls; it's just a short stroll on a paved path to the main overlook. We then took the stone steps (a bit steep and...More

Thank kren250
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Well now I know what Minneopa means after seeing the fantastic DOUBLE waterfall! Nice and clean area. Fun walks and a very enjoyable time. Bison was fun to see and trails are very well marked.

Thank dtoftum
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Minneopa State Park has beautiful falls and walking trails. If you don't want to camp, this is still worth the trip - bring food - spend part of the day! In fact, when we were there this past weekend, there was a wedding getting set...More

Thank Sandita_travels
Reviewed 12 September 2018

very nice place, great family park, waterfall, grills, nice visiting center, nice drive to see buffalo,

Thank charlottesisson1958
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Great nature trails and a natural restored prairie area for pure blood Bison heard. Park is in two parts with bison heard and camping by Minnesota River. The other part concentrated around the Minneopa Falls. Plenty of fun hiking trails and has access to the...More

1  Thank Ronald P
Reviewed 28 August 2018

There is a shared wheelbarrow for bringing belongings to the camp sites that are further away. I wish we would have known that, or that there was more than one. The bison on the drive were great. For as wooded as it was there were...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We stayed in the group campsite site.trains came through all night blowing their horns. You can hear cars from the road. Not a great outdoor experience. No flush toilets, shower area was not what I am use to at a state park.

Thank Theresa C
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15 July 2018|
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Response from SonofAslan | Reviewed this property |
Near the river they are pretty bad. In fact we were warned to avoid the Confluence trail because of them. On the Hiking Club trail they weren't bad near the beginning along the bison enclosure, but were fairly nasty back... More
Jennifer E
5 July 2018|
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Response from Travelsizediva | Reviewed this property |
No there is not, the water has algae issues and they do not recommend going in, plus the water moves very fast.
Gary and Sharon P
3 June 2017|
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Response from JAMES O | Reviewed this property |
You need to walk a short distance on a sidewalk. It's handicap accessible.