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Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Rd, Mankato, Minnesota 56001 USA

Closed Now
Opens Sun 8a

“When Translated: Water Falling Twice!”

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. Minneopa is home to a wide variety of songbird species. Many migrants stop here for a short stay on their way to their summer range. It should come as no surprise then that birdwatching is a popular activity. Be prepared to see the eastern bluebird, the western meadowlark, and the yellow shafted flicker. Tree sparrows, king birds, red-winged blackbirds, red-tailed hawks, and even American bald eagles are common at various times of the year. If your eyes are sharp, you may catch a glimpse of a wild turkey or ring-necked pheasant sneaking through the grass. The white-tailed deer is never far away and campers are often treated to the call of a coyote announcing its presence in the early evening hours. Both woodland prairie animals can be found in the park. The Minnesota River Floodplain area is home to various snakes, beaver, and waterfowl. The southern wooded part of the park is home to woodpeckers, squirrels, and other woodland animals. The southern part of the park is hilly and wooded, with Minneopa Creek and its waterfalls the major feature that attract visitors. The northern sections of the park feature prairie and the Minnesota River. Once, the land was tall-grass prairie, interspersed with marshes, lakes and streams. Today, extensive farming has replaced the prairie with cultivated fields.

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Reviewed by
Frogmama29

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 23, 2016
Rated 4.0

Beautiful double waterfall. Worth the hike to the bottom.

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Benjamin Sullivan

  • 3 Reviews
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November 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous park with great trails and two beautiful waterfalls. I definitely recommend seeing it!

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Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Rd
Mankato, Minnesota
56001 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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