Southeast Minnesota - Caves, Trout, & Amish

Southeast Minnesota features two caves, trout fishing, and Amish country.  Click the map to enlarge.
Southeast Minnesota features two caves, trout fishing, and Amish country. Click the map to enlarge.

 

This ride map includes two caves, trout fishing, and the Minnesota Amish country. It's south of I-90, where Minnesota meets Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Mississippi River.  Niagra Cave, on highway 30 near Harmony was rated #2 on the USA Today 10 Best list.  “The top 10 winners in the category Best Cave are as follows:

  1. Kartchner Caverns - Benson, Ariz.
  2. Niagara Cave - Harmony, Minn.

    http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html

  3. Fantastic Caverns - Springfield, Mo.
  4. Blanchard Springs Caverns - Mountain View, Ark.
  5. The Lost Sea - Sweetwater, Tenn.
  6. Ruby Falls - Chattanooga, Tenn.
  7. DeSoto Caverns - Childersburg, Ala.
  8. Carlsbad Caverns - Carlsbad, N.M.
  9. Mammoth Cave - Mammoth Cave, Ky.
  10. Glenwood Caverns - Glenwood Springs, Colo.

 

Besides our winners, the following caves were also nominated:

  • Ape Cave in Cougar, Wash.
  • Cathedral Caverns in Woodville, Ala.
  • Caverns of Sonora in Sonora, Texas
  • Jewel Cave in Custer, S.D.
  • Longhorn Cavern in Burnet, Texas
  • Luray Caverns in Luray, Va.
  • Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Mo.
  • Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio
  • Penn's Cave in Centre Hall, Penn.
  • Wind Cave in Hot Springs, S.D.” 

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cave/

Niagra Cave in southeast Minnesota - http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html
Niagra Cave in southeast Minnesota - http://www.niagaracave.com/index.html

Lanesboro, is in the heart of Minnesota Amish country, which includes Preston and along US 52, near the SW corner of our route. Here’s a map to some other Amish country businesses.  Maybe you'll even see a bison in a parade, outside downtown Lanesboro's Iron Horse Outfitters and Inn.

 


Preston, also known as "Minnesota's Trout Capital", is a welcoming family-fun destination offering visitors a variety of entertaining, educational, & recreational activities to choose from:

 

  • Fish blue ribbon cold water streams
  • Bike, hike, or ski along 60 miles of paved bike trails
  • Visit the National Trout Center
  • Fish Preston's 9-Hole Fishing Course
  • Take a naturalist led Mystery Cave tour at Forestville State Park
  • Tour Historic Forestville - a 19th century pioneer village with costumed guides
  • Step back in time on a guided Amish tour
  • Canoe, tube, or kayak along the Root River
  • Snowmobile Fillmore County's 260 miles of groomed trails

 

 

http://www.exploreminnesota.com/events/2405/preston-mn

 

Preston, MN is famous for trout fishing, as depicted by this giant trout.  Photo by Roadside Architecture. http://www.roadarch.com/critters/fish3.html
Preston, MN is famous for trout fishing, as depicted by this giant trout. Photo by Roadside Architecture. http://www.roadarch.com/critters/fish3.html

Visit Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground. In the summer, beat the heat with a visit below ground. Explore the world of Mystery Cave with its stalactites, stalagmites, and underground pools. Park naturalists provide tours of the cave throughout the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. The temperature stays at a constant 48 degrees Fahrenheit. … Above ground, stop by Historic Forestville, a restored 1800s village … Five camper cabins are available year round. … Reserve a cabin in advance …” http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/index.html

 

See the park camping and lodging page. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/forestville_mystery_cave/camping.html

Do not rely on your GPS unit or online driving directions when visiting the main park or Mystery Cave area, as you may be routed to a closed bridge!

 

Park Entrance: Approximately 5 miles south of Wykoff. Entrance to the park is 4 miles south of State Highway 16 on Fillmore County Road 5, then 2 miles east on Fillmore County Road 118.

 

Mystery Cave Entrance is 6 miles south on County Road 5 from State Highway 16. Right-hand turn on 180th street west, 3/4 mile, turn right on Old Cave Road, travel 1/2 mile north. On your left is Mystery Cave Entrance Road.

 

 

 


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