8.9 Excellent
     
Preston, Minnesota

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Preston, Minnesota



Preston, Minnesota
Phone: (507) 352-5111

Sites: 73
Recent Rate: $36 8/2016

Latitude: 43.6177424
Longitude: -92.3098902

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-stream Waterfront Waterfront yes-stream
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

11 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

People at Ranger Station are very nice and helpful. Nearby Mystery Cave is interesting but not as colorful as some caves we've seen.

Firewood is available at Ranger Station. Elect. No water or sewer at sites.

River for fishing was within park boundaries although we needed to drive to the fishing site (at picnic ground - ask ranger for specifics).

Sites are close together. Despite green buffer between sites, we could hear the people in the adjoining site's endless chatter.

Our site was so level we didn't need to do anything while connected to our tow vehicle! We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
58
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a wonderful time here. Could have been less rain and himidity, but that's the way it goes. The roads are great for bike riding and running. The trails to the river are a little overgrown and not disability supportive. The host was terrific!

The raccoons are quite used to people and all garbarge and food needs to be put away at night. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
96
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The library at Spring Valley has good internet. The cave tour at Mystery Caves is worth the drive (about 6 miles). Our tour guide (Kip) was terrific.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Wooded campsites with great screening (trees and other vegetation) between sites, especially on outer ring of electric sites. All sites reservable despite older maps online and at park that say otherwise. No self-registration at park kiosk, and no cell phone reception in park, so best to reserve ahead (online or by phone) before arrival. Vehicle permit can be bought at park office or self-registered at kiosk. Bathroom facility with lockable doors opening to outside of shower house, thus very safe and private. Hilly topography, many winding hiking trails mostly through woods, great birding, trout streams (some shallow and good for wading or dog swimming), no mosquitoes. Horses also camp at park and use some but not all of trails. Activities include tours of restored 1899 village with costumed actors, as well as varied tours of cave just outside of park. Firewood for sale at park office; unused bundles can be sold back to office. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
56 in outer ring
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tour of historic Forestville was surprisingly interesting and educational. Great opportunity to ask questions about items in general store, kitchen, and barns.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed the State Park. The site we had was a tough one to back into, but we made it. The park has a lot of nice sites and they are all now reserveable now in advance. I would strongly recommend having a reservation here if you plan on staying on a weekend. We went and did the cave tour and also visited Historic Forestville. We enjoyed Historic Forestville much more. Like previous reviews say, there is no cell service. You can go to the top of the hill a couple of miles away and get service to make calls. We would definitely go here again. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Historic Forestville, Mystery Cave Tour. You need to get tickets for the cave tour in advance.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Pros - staff was very helpful. Water wasn't turned on yet for the season and staff allowed us to fill up at their maintenance shop. Site was private, had trees between lots to maintain privacy between neighboring campers. Hiking trails were close by and access to historic Forestville was only about a mile away.

Cons - our biggest complaint was the requirement to actually stick the parking passes to our vehicles window. Beyond that, we didn't really have any complaints.

Overall - we are still exploring the many campgrounds around, but won't hesitate to stay here again if we just want to camp and go somewhere we know! We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

We were able to walk through historic Forestville. We will go back to see Mystery Cave when our child is a little older.

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Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I find it hard to criticize any of the state parks in MN. Given that for busy weekends if you don't make your reservation literally 365 days in advance you may be out of luck is a good recommendation that these parks are great. Forestville has 3 campground loops. Each is unique - one for electric, one non-electric but very woodsy and inviting and one rustic, woodsy area. There is also a large horse camp further in the park and this may be one of the main attractions of the park. I anticipated not so great hiking due to very wet weather and shored hiking/horse trails. To my surprise the trails were pretty good. There are many easy loops for easy hiking. The only drawback if you can call it that is that if you go to bike the state bike trails. It's probably about 8-10 miles from the trailhead. The park and sites are very pleasant. I'd call this a relaxing campground. Fishing, morel mushroom hunting, etc... are popular. We camped in the electric loop and our site was very spacious and private. Worth it if you want to visit the Lanesboro area. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great stay here at this campground. The sites were clean, as well as the bathrooms. There were many activities for the kids the park offered. I highly suggest the flashlight tour as well. One thing though...there is nothing around in the area. Bring what you need, because you will have to go without. There is also no cell service in the camp area...drive out and up the hill to get a signal. Fun place!!!! We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground with paved sites, excellent rest rooms, and individual showers. If you go after Labor Day, be aware that the tours of Forestville and Mystery Cave are only available on weekends. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Out of the way park, but very scenic. Small loop, but nice large sites. Camped in the early part of the week in early August. Was about 1/3 full. Each site is shady and private. Excellent hiking although it is a horse friendly park so some care needs to be taken on the trails. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

While this park is really made for horseback riders, we hiked the whole park and found it wonderfully diverse.The Best time is in the fall when the colors give the canopy a special glow. The tenting sites seem to always be available and if you can dry camp, that's what I would recommend. You should take the tour of the Mystery Cave while there in spring. The big cave closes in the fall and winter but the small cave tour is fine too. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park in a scenic area. Rolling foothills and rivers. Location is convenient to Preston, Lanesboro, & Harmony. Lanesboro in particular is a must-see. Campground is very clean and well maintained, but there aren't many activities for kids, which keeps the rating down. Plenty of hiking trails through park. Sites are not huge, but private and separated by trees. Only 23 of the sites are electric, and be sure to call in advance to verify if your rig can be easily maneuvered. Some sites are harder than others. Mystery Cave is a must-see, but costs extra and is a 10-15 minute drive from the campground. We camped at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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