No reservations, first come, first served. Closed 7/19-24 for the Fair. One 50 amp next to building and six 30 amp. Water available. Dump. Two sites under trees. Relatively quiet except for a 5:30 am wake up as the local bus starts and runs for a half hour before leaving with the park and ride folks. Dogs loved the place as there are lots of critters around. An ace in the hole for us since we didn't have any reservations for the 4th weekend and everyplace was full. Nice bike/walking trail goes by CG. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I find it hard to criticize any of the state parks in MN. Given that for busy weekends if you don't make your reservation literally 365 days in advance you may be out of luck is a good recommendation that these parks are great. Forestville has 3 campground loops. Each is unique - one for electric, one non-electric but very woodsy and inviting and one rustic, woodsy area. There is also a large horse camp further in the park and this may be one of the main attractions of the park. I anticipated not so great hiking due to very wet weather and shored hiking/horse trails. To my surprise the trails were pretty good. There are many easy loops for easy hiking. The only drawback if you can call it that is that if you go to bike the state bike trails. It's probably about 8-10 miles from the trailhead. The park and sites are very pleasant. I'd call this a relaxing campground. Fishing, morel mushroom hunting, etc... are popular. We camped in the electric loop and our site was very spacious and private. Worth it if you want to visit the Lanesboro area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground with paved sites, excellent rest rooms, and individual showers. If you go after Labor Day, be aware that the tours of Forestville and Mystery Cave are only available on weekends. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Out of the way park, but very scenic. Small loop, but nice large sites. Camped in the early part of the week in early August. Was about 1/3 full. Each site is shady and private. Excellent hiking although it is a horse friendly park so some care needs to be taken on the trails. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While this park is really made for horseback riders, we hiked the whole park and found it wonderfully diverse.The Best time is in the fall when the colors give the canopy a special glow. The tenting sites seem to always be available and if you can dry camp, that's what I would recommend. You should take the tour of the Mystery Cave while there in spring. The big cave closes in the fall and winter but the small cave tour is fine too. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Great park in a scenic area. Rolling foothills and rivers. Location is convenient to Preston, Lanesboro, & Harmony. Lanesboro in particular is a must-see. Campground is very clean and well maintained, but there aren't many activities for kids, which keeps the rating down. Plenty of hiking trails through park. Sites are not huge, but private and separated by trees. Only 23 of the sites are electric, and be sure to call in advance to verify if your rig can be easily maneuvered. Some sites are harder than others. Mystery Cave is a must-see, but costs extra and is a 10-15 minute drive from the campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Friendly staff, okay campground. Internet is free, but not very good. Only water and electric - not even a dump on site. You would have to borrow a wheel-dump-tank, drain your tank then drag it over to the toilet to dump. Price reflects Passport America. We stayed only one night. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The June 2009 review now makes sense. Some of the prior 10's must be self reviews or friends. Yes, it is a nice quiet protected valley in a scenic area. Sites are large grass backin's. Water is to the front and we needed 50' of hose. We saw no sewer sites or dump station, showers or laundry. The people here are very friendly. TV via batwing was ok, We had no service for our Verizon cell or broadband. Coming in on 118 make sure you slow way down when you see Maple road, park is near base of a fairly steep grade. We would come back, but would not recommend this for 40' rigs or larger. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A wonderful surprise. We were just passing through on our way east so only had an overnight stop but couldn't believe how beautiful. Lush and green, very friendly and helpful staff, nice size sites. This park is a little treasure we hope to come back to and stay awhile. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This camp ground is a hard one for me to review and assign a rating. The sites are very nice-- wide and grass. Ours backed up to a nice stream. There are only about 5 sites with sewer. The bath rooms are the biggest negative. They are not even flush toilets and I did not find a shower. It was not a problem for us, since we were in a motor home, but it might bother some. The park is a bit out of the way and the PPA rates do not apply on Friday or Saturday. The roads in this part of MN are no picnic. The stream on the property was nice-- you could fish there and lots of the kids were tubing. They do not read their email very often and I not sure I would stay again We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely park, as perfectly described elsewhere. Sites 13 to 25 back up to Forestville Creek. Round steel (truck wheel) fire rings. Pit toilets and no showers. Well maintained gravel roads and level grassy sites. Friendly and helpful owners. We would go there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wowwww. When I decided to go full-time and thought of all the great places I'd be parking my rig for the night, I couldn't even dream up a place like this. This is the stuff fairy-tales are made of -- an immaculate little garden at each site, country club lawns, green, green, green and not a weed in sight, pure heaven on the feet, a beautiful meadow/hill that filled with lightning bugs that starts just behind the big-rig sites on the southern side, and hold on to your Deet, *no* mosquitos. It's situated on what used to be an old farm, you pass a beautiful old barn on the way down to the sites, in a pretty valley. A small spring-fed river, that you can hike up to the source, just a mile upstream, runs along the north side of the campground. Even the drinking water is yummy. The owners are hands-on, good hearted, friendly and helpful. They keep a close eye on the entrance and no one gets in who doesn't belong here. Maple Springs comes alive with camping families on the weekends, and is always completely quiet at night, with absolutely no road noise. There is a well-stocked store, and thanks to Doris' feeders, the valley is filled with chirping birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. I planned to stay four weeks, but stayed for six. If not for another reservation up north, I would be staying longer. The bluff country of SE Minnesota is a true treasure and Maple Springs is the perfect place to come home to after a day of exploring. Note: with electricity, sites are $23/night. The monthly rate of $400 with electricity is included, is fantastic. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Sites "down the hill" were plenty big to have a campfire, park the bikes, and still have room for recreation. Great set ups if you have a trailer, and are camping with friends who only have tents. Several bathrooms make it a short walk. Having a bike here is a must, since the nearby trail is over 50 miles of great pavement, and plenty of geo-caches. We will come here again and make it part of the family campsite rotation! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We opted for a "shaded" site up on the hill. These sites were absolutely tiny. We could hear every word at the campfires on either side of us. The pool was dirty and totally over run with unsupervised 9-12 year olds. Pay showers only had COLD water and bathrooms were NEVER cleaned the whole weekend. I am shocked that other reviewers liked this CG. It is on a beautiful bike trail in a great part of the state - location, location, location I guess. We will NEVER return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We liked the CG, the barn has a fascinating history and was well worth preserving. As in most private CG's, the sites are too close together. Most sites have trees for shade and except for the rustic sites, they were level. Nice pool, enclosed for 3-season swimming. Golf course on site. Beautiful part of MN...very rural with rolling hills, Amish and lovely small towns. What we didn't like - no quiet hours enforcement. We had a rowdy party near us going on til midnight. PAY showers, hate those! Confusing office area. It's part of the restuarant and just not set up well at all. Tiny camp store outside in a shack with just basic munchies. You'd think in a very rural area with no large stores nearby that they would have a better camp store. Overall a nice place with some annoyances, but nothing that would stop us from going back once a year or so. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We have visited this campground probably close to twenty or thirty times. Incredible experience every time. The campground is right on the Root River Trail with access to the trail right from the campground. One of the most amazing things about this campground is the lack of mosquitos due in part to the barn swallows that live in the area. Only reason we did not give this place a ten is the showers and restrooms. They are extremely clean, but feel they could be a bit more non-concrete and brick. Definitely planning on visiting this place with our new fifth wheel in the spring. We camped here in a Tent.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Beautiful setting for this clean, quiet campground adjacent to the Root River Bike Trail. Sites were spacious and the grounds well kept. There is an indoor heated pool, a restaurant and game room, a golf course and putting green, and many other things to do within a 10 mile radius of the campground. Staff were friendly and helpful. We look forward to returning next year. We camped here in a camper.