Minneopa State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
The word Minneopa means “Water falling twice” in the Dakota language. The trademark of Minneopa State Park is a lovely set of two waterfalls that formed as Minneopa Creek cut into and eroded layers of sandstone at different rates. They plunge a total of 45 feet into the rocky gorge of Minneopa Creek in the Minnesota River Valley. The park’s other landmark is the historic Seppmann windmill, built of pasture stone and wood from surrounding groves.
Minneopa State Park is located three miles west of Mankato on the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Blue Earth County.
Bring your bicycle when you visit Minneopa State Park. The paved Minneopa Trail will take you into nearby Mankato where you’ll have access to an extensive system of bike trails, including the scenic Red Jacket Trail with its historic trestle bridges and the Sakatah Singing Hills State Trail all the way into Faribault.