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Minneopa State Park, Mankato

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Minneopa State Park is a state park in Minnesota, United States. It was established in 1905 to preserve Minneopa Falls, the largest waterfall in southern Minnesota, and was expanded in the 1960s to include the lower reaches of Minneopa Creek and a large tract of prairie. Minneopa is Minnesota's third oldest state park, after Itasca and Interstate. Two park resources are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1862 Seppman Mill and a district of seven Rustic Style structures built by the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. The park is located almost entirely on the south side of the Minnesota River, 3mi west of Mankato. In 2015 the state reintroduced American bison to the park in a 330acre fenced enclosure, which visitors can drive through in their vehicles.
Minneopa State Park is divided into two distinct sections by a corridor of roads, railroads, and private property. The original section contains the falls and Rustic Style structures. The much larger northern section, added in 1969, stretches along the Minnesota River and includes the campground and Seppmann Mill. Although the sections are contiguous, the only way to travel from one to the other is via a county road.
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  • We checked out this State Park when we stayed in Mankato. The waterfalls were fun to see. It was pretty warm, but near the river and falls it was much cooler. The mist is a good way to cool off on a h...  more »
  • After riding through open countryside for hours, this was a nice place to have a picnic lunch and take a very short hike to beautiful falls. You can view the falls fom up high or walk down to the cree...  more »
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  • The trails were peaceful and the waterfall is Beautiful in the winter! The friendly individual working in the park office gave me a run down of how long the trails are and what the conditions currently are. MN State Pass is required. They sell them on site. Bathrooms in the park are well kept.
  • Nice state park that is the first rest stop on the annual Mankato River Ramble bicycle ride. A rushing stream, a beautiful water fall as well as rest rooms make this a perfect location for the first rest stop.

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