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The Minneopa Park

Minneopa State Park is located five miles west of Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota (off U.S. Highway 169 and State Highway 68). A highlight of the park is southern Minnesota’s largest waterfalls (photo above). The park includes 1,653 acres of old glacial river terraces on the south side of the Minnesota River and the beautiful Minneopa Creek gorge. 

 

Changing with the seasons, the scenic double falls of Minneopa Creek can be enjoyed from numerous vantage points along trails and walkways. See the waterfalls in different seasons. Hikers and cross-country skiers will enjoy the opportunity to stretch out on trails through woodlands, floodplains, oak savannas, and grasslands. Birders will be delighted to find species from woods and prairie in one park.
 

Seppman Mill

Prairie Lands

Bison Drive

Waterfall

Confluence

Rail Tunnel

Double Waterfall

The word Minneopa means "water falling twice" in the Dakota Indian language. This double waterfall is the result of Minneopa Creek cutting into and eroding layers of Jordan sandstone at different rates.

Bison Drive

The Bison have a large area to graze in that is accessible to the public to drive through and see the Bison in their natural habitat.

Seppman Mill

The Seppman windmill produced flour until it fell victim to natural disasters and new milling technology.

Prairie Lands

Controlled fires have been used periodically in Minneopa State Park since 1970 with good results to stimulate the growth and increase the population of native prairie grass species.

Confluence

The Confluence

Railroad Tunnel

Controlled fires have been used periodically in Minneopa State Park since 1970 with good results to stimulate the growth and increase the population of native prairie grass species.

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