Minneopa State Park

By Jim Umhoefer
Trails Reporter

Blue Earth County. 3 miles west of Mankato on Highway 68. Highway map index: H-19.

The trademark of Minneopa State Park is a lovely set of two waterfalls that plunge a total of 45 feet in the rocky gorge of Minneopa Creek. The park's other landmark is the graceful Seppman Windmill, built of pasture stone and wood from surrounding groves.

The word Minneopa means "water falling twice" in the Dakota Indian language. The double waterfalls were formed as Minneopa Creek cut into and eroded layers of sandstone at different rates. Read more:

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