Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, Preston

#25 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
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Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is a state park in Minnesota. It contains the village of Forestville, which has been restored to a 19th-century appearance. The Minnesota Historical Society operates it as a historic site. Below ground the park contains Mystery Cave, the state's longest cave, which is open to the public. The park is between Spring Valley and Preston, Minnesota.

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  • We went only for the hiking trails, not for the cave (which I believe is closed due to covid anyway). There were a lot of people there exploring so we didn't look at some of the features along the...  more »
  • On Sep. 27, 2019 we took a late season tour of the Forestville Mystery Cave. With no summer crowds we were able to walk up and join a tour without pre-booking. We took the guided Scenic Tour. I’m not....  more »
  • Highly recommend the cave tour. Our guide was fun and extremely knowledgeable. A peek at Turquoise Lake (while you're 125 feet underground) is astounding. The drip stone and flow stone formations are beautiful, but my favorite formation was the cave bacon. (That's really what they call this type of stalagtite.) This is an active cave, as in rock forming processes are actively at work. The cave also boasts some unique "only here" processes that have allowed scientists to develop deeper understanding of other caves that are not still active.
  • Make sure you do the cave tour. It is definitely worth it. It was very interesting and actually learned more than I thought I would. Plus the cave is nice and cool so a great way to get out of the heat. I'm looking forward to my next visit

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