FORESTVILLE STATE PARK AND MYSTERY CAVE
By Jim Umhoefer
Fillmore County. From Highway 16, turn south onto County 5 (about halfway between Spring Valley and Preston) for 4 miles, then turn east onto County 12 for 2 miles to the park entrance. Highway map index: M-21.
Forestville/Mystery Cave is a park for the passionate. The park's unique combination of resources lures visitors who are passionate about trout fishing, horseback riding, hiking, history and exploring caves.
The park is named for Forestville, a once-bustling village established on this site in 1853. The town thrived as a trade center initially, with about a dozen businesses and two stagecoach lines that passed through. Forestville began to fade when the railroad bypassed the town in 1868. The only remaining buildings are the Meighen Dry-Goods Stone (built in 1856), the Meighen home and farm, and the brick house built by Robert Foster in 1867. The sites of other buildings have been marked and are within walking distance. Read more: