Hike-in Required
Open Year-round
ADA accessible
Guided tours
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Viewing Minneopa Falls in Minneopa State Park is a popular stop for visitors to the Mankato, Minnesota area. Minneopa Falls is a stunning double waterfall that is especially spectacular during high water. The upper falls drops about 10 feet over layers of sandstone and the lower falls drops 40 feet.

A paved path from the parking lot leads visitors to a bridge over Minneopa Creek. The upper falls can be viewed from the bridge. A short walk beyond the bridge takes visitors to an overlook of the lower falls. It is little over a tenth of a mile walk from the parking lot to view the lower falls from above. The lower falls can also be viewed from below by taking a long, steep set of stairs down to another bridge over Minneopa Creek and then following the creek upstream. It is about a third of a mile from the parking lot to the lower viewing area.

Since Minneopa Falls is located in a state park, a fee must be paid to enter the park. A day use or annual permit can be purchased at the park office.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

State Park Day-Use Fee


Stunning waterfall.


Often crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Family friendly


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