The Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is located near the City of Preston in Minnesota. The park offers both encounters with nature along its many trails or underground in its unusual limestone cave formation. There's also the opportunity to get in touch with history in the deserted township of Forestville.
Pets are permitted on the trails so long as they are kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length which is a good idea as there are rattlesnakes in the area. Only service dogs on duty are permitted in Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. No dogs are allowed to enter the cave or in the few camping cabins available for hire in the park.
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park has over twenty miles of trails to be explored as well as various bridleways which are open from the end of May through to October. In winter there are options for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing on ungroomed trails. Camping in RV's is restricted to vehicles measuring under fifty feet.
Pets can be left in RV's while their pet parents visit the caves or tour around Forestville. Trout fishing is another popular activity in the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. There are parking lots provided for day anglers who are permitted to have their dog with them as long as it is leashed or tethered.
All vehicles entering any Minnesota state park must display a valid state park permit in the appropriate position on the windshield. A yearly permit can be applied for online and costs $35. A day permit, which is available at the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park entrance costs $7.
Day permits can be traded in for an annual pass when a visitor is exiting the Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. This system also gives the visitor a $7 discount on the annual price. Annual permits are valid for twelve months and give access to all seventy-five of Minnesota's state parks.