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Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato, MN 56001-5929
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Lovely park for a day trip.

The waterfall in one part of the park is such a surprise, and the hunt for the bison herd in the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Trish O
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Beautiful to visit anytime of year!

Our family loves this waterfall! We visit many times throughout the year and it is always... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vernon Center, Minnesota
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54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato, MN 56001-5929
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Reviewed yesterday

The waterfall in one part of the park is such a surprise, and the hunt for the bison herd in the other area is always fun. The bison prairie can be driven through, and often the herd is near the road.

Thank Trish O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family loves this waterfall! We visit many times throughout the year and it is always beautiful. The annual pass is very worth it and works at all of Minnesota's State Parks. They also have decent restrooms and nice picnic areas. Don't forget your bug...More

Thank JamaicaBabe82
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice state park with $5 daily entrance fee. The Falls are just a five minute walk away on a cement sidewalk. You can get nice and close to the Falls with another short 5-8 minute walk. The Buffalo are nice to see, I was able...More

Thank Wendy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first trip to Minneopa State Park. My husband was photographing waterfalls. The Minneopa Falls was very nice. A short hike took you right to the falls. Not very busy on a Tuesday morning.

Thank Cindy6074
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The two parts of the park are each wonderful for their own reasons. The bison tour is always interesting and seeing the native habitat is beautiful. The falls are great to experience and provide good hiking.

Thank indig0red
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to a state park in Minnesota; and if Minneopa is any indicator, we have got to visit more of them. Just a few minutes drive from Mankato, we entered the park and were shocked to see a small herd of...More

1  Thank James L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to hike around Minneopa as a teenager. Then I married my husband of 29 years there in the late 80's - it was the perfect place for an outdoor wedding and our pictures turned out so amazing. We also celebrated my parents 30th...More

Thank Rondi F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome the two waterfalls were amazing for someone who's into photography this would be a great place to take some pictures. You can hike right down to the base of the waterfall.

Thank Roni F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this park, the waterfalls are beautiful. The bison are fun to look for and the mill is a neat part of history. Bring your camera because there is a ton of great photo ops. Also there is a sidewalk you can take to...More

Thank Sara W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time I took a lot of pictures. Everyone enjoyed them self. Great place to grab some subs and go have a little picnic and hike the trails. I little hidden gem in Mankato!

Thank Carly S
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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.
Sarah F
5 September 2016|
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Response from ejenn2 | Reviewed this property |
I think they can be if kept on leash.
3 September 2016|
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Response from missmegsmail1211 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see a grill, but this is a perfect picnic area!!!