Ways to Play in the Root River Valley
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park
Around 1900, a forward-thinking farmer bought up the dying town of Forestville and patiently waited for the state to recognize what he had saved. Today, interpreters chat with visitors in this beautifully resurrected pioneer town (25 miles west of Harmony and Lanesboro and 10 miles south of Preston). The village shares a park with Minnesota's longest cave, Mystery Cave, open for tours in the summer. The park also offers fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding (507/352-5111; dnr.state.mn.us).