Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park21071 County 118
Preston, MN 55965
From the junction of MN T.H. 16 and Fillmore CSAH #5, South on CSAH #5 for four miles, then follow signs.Get Directions
The park features a rugged wooded landscape with blue ribbon trout streams, 17 mi of hiking trails and 15 miles of horseback trails, campgrounds, picnicking and abundant plant and animal life. Mystery Cave is located in the State Park and offers guided tours daily in the summer months. Minnesota's longest known cave, with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and beautiful underground pools, and a maze of interconnecting passages. Modern lighting and walkways enhance accessible tours on spring and fall weekends from mid-April through October and daily from Memorial weekend through Labor Day. On summer weekends, an additional rustic tour is offered, as well as a reservable wild caving tour.
Contact the park for ADA accessible tours and information. Interpretive programs are presented on the weekends in the summer months.
Historic Forestville is a living history village site operated by the Minnesota Historical Society with tours available on the weekends in the summer months.
Hours & DatesPark year round, Mystery Cave on seasonal basis including spring and fall weekends and daily tours from Memorial weekend - Labor Day. Spring/fall weekends 10am-4pm, summer every day 10am-5pm.
Park permits: $35 annual, $26 second vehicle, $12 handicapped, or $7 daily. Camping fees are separate. Scenic tour fees: $15 for persons 13 and older, $10 for ages 5-12, 4 and under free. Call for group rates and wild caving rates. Vehicle permits are req
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
On-Site Facilities & Services
- Children's programs (scheduled, supervised)
- Evening entertainment (regularly scheduled)
- Located on a lake or river
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Hiking trail
- Snowmobile trail (groomed)
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Number/Type of Campsites
- Number of camping cabins: 5
- Number of camping cabins available in winter: 5
- Number of sites in horseback camp area: 55
- Number of tent or RV/trailer sites: 73
- Total number of campsites: 128
- Camping accessible to disabled
- Flush toilets in campground
- Group camp facilities
- Hot showers in campground
- Lodge/central building
- Pets allowed in campsite
- Pull-through sites
- Sanitary dump station
- Secluded campsites
- State Parks Campgrounds
Length of Stay
- Daily site rental
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 136 reviews
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...
— Momof4Girls23, October 15, 2020
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...
— MNSandSeeker, October 25, 2019
Mystery Cave is an exemplary example of a Karst feature in SE MN. The tour is informative and accessible, and led by experienced and often good humored guides. The rest of the state park is just as...
— Aaron B, October 4, 2019
The lantern tour was great. Our guide, Lydia, was upbeat and exciting, and did a great job making the tour feel personalized while explaining how caves are formed, the different types of formations...
— nclaypool, September 2, 2019
We really enjoyed our visit to the state park. We choose to do the photography tour and had a fantastic two hours all to ourselves in Mystery Cave. Mary led our tour and we really enjoyed learning...
— willida1128, August 20, 2019