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.

Another beautiful south-central Minnesota trek. Wildflowers and river hills bring this hike to life and it’s not impossible to imagine what this land looked like before touched by humans. Be sure to save time for the falls. Up on the hill is the mill, which offers a serene spot for a rest and overlook of Minnesota’s river valley. We haven’t been back since the bison arrived, so this may effect trails.
(Hiked: A few times between 2005-2015)

Loves following the trails. There are beautiful scenic overlooks to see the fall leaves and the trails can take you right down to the river and even a couple creeks. Also a very good area to go off of the trails and explore as well

Beautiful park!! Well maintained

Great for trail running. It's a flat hike. some really petty parts through the woods. Definitely not 3.3 miles. More like 6 miles. I will be back

The hiking club trail and waterfall trail were awesome! On the map online, it showed that you could get to a trail that went right along the Minnesota river. The online map is wrong. Use the maps at the park. We tried getting to the river trail and went almost 2 miles through mud, fallen trees, and wet ground before we gave up. It was a great adventure but not an easy one!

The trail is very easy, and most of it is sidewalk. The falls was full after a lot of rain.

The big loop around the Bison enclosure is what I’m imagining this is talking about. We started out trek at the campground. We followed the hiking club trail and both forks of it were blocked by an overflowing body of water (it rained heavily that morning). Seeing the Bison up close and personal more than made up for the lack of ability to complete the loop.

After 5 hours of rain today the river was moving at quite the pace. The trails that were open were well worth walking. Took our dog with and he kept up great!

The falls and stones were by far the most amazing feature! half the trail was closed but with a little common sense its hikable. I wouldnt recommended this place for children. While it is beautiful the water is horribly polluted and the trail is not for novice hikers.

We passed the “bottom” part of the falls and saw that the trail from parking —> falls on the left was “ closed”. Falls were beautiful, took our obligatory photos and went up the stairs. Trail to the right was closed— trail to the left (rough, earthy, unpaved) had no sign indicating so— so we went for it.

If I am commenting on the proper trail— this part was AWESOME for a beginner hiker trying to test their limits. Two trails alongside the cliff of the creek— we took the higher road. Immersed in nature- went to the end of the park where the main road made itself present and turned around. Tried to take a different trail on the way back & it soon became covered in leaves. Wet mud underneath. We slipped and we crawled and we made our way back feeling accomplished and invigorated. Will definitely be back with more supplies and sturdier sticks for stabbing the mud to pull ourselves up the hillside.

Only a one star so I can mark that it has been closed as of March 18 due to erosion issues. Per the park website.

Great trail for biking, running, and walking. In the winter it’s plowed from YMCA to Weagel Park (1.75 miles from Y). From Y to the edge of Rapidan is 6 miles. Beautiful trail and paved the whole way.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Beautiful scenery, great for an easy day out or taking the family somewhere!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Easy tar trail to stair case. The trail to the falls is a little congested and slippery but well worth the 1/4 mile to the landing of the falls.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sweet waterfall, pretty area, trails are short

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Short trails with tons of mosquitoes

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Short trails. Eh.

road biking
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quality trail. Can be busy sometimes.

on Red Jacket Trail

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Good paved trail in Mankato, have walked from YMCA to past Mt. Kato. Dog friendly

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