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Minnesota Valley State Park is located in the Prairies region of southern Minnesota near Jordan and Belle Plain.

Minnesota Valley State Park

Minnesota Valley State Park is located in the Prairies region of southern Minnesota near Jordan and Belle Plain.

How to Get to Minnesota Valley State Park: Take Highway 169 to Jordan. At the traffic light, turn north onto County Road 9. Turn left onto Township Road 57.

Park Highlights:  

  • This 5,490-acre park is now designated as a State Recreation Area, and preserves part of the Minnesota River Valley. The Minnesota River winds for about 332 miles across the central part of the state, and joins the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities.
  • The Minnesota Valley Trail follows the river for 45 miles. The trail offers recreation for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and snowmobilers. Canoers and kayakers can follow the route on the water.

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Minnesota Valley’s Natural Attractions: The river loops through the park, creating a series of small lakes and sloughs that attract migratory birds, deer, muskrat, and other small mammals. A nearby heron rookery offers views of these beautiful blue birds. 

Things to Do in Minnesota Valley State Park:  There are 47 miles of hiking trails in the park, including 4.5 miles of self-guided trails. You will also find 35 miles of bike trails that include 6 miles of paved trails, as well as 30 miles of horse trails. There are two picnic shelters; one is enclosed.

This park is ideal for winter camping. Winter recreation includes 5 miles of ungroomed cross-country ski trails and 35 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Snowshoeing and dog-sledding/ski-joring are permitted throughout the park. A warming house is available.

Camping in Minnesota Valley State Park: There are 25 drive-in campsites for tents and RVs, 8 walk-in sites, 1 group campsite that accommodates up to 45 people, and a horse camp. There are no electrical hookups. Vault toilets are available throughout the campground. There are no showers or dump stations. Drinking water is available at the Trail Center. 

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More Attractions in This Region: Visit the nearby Minnesota National Wildlife Center. Its 14,000 acres span 99 miles of the Minnesota River. In Shakopee, visit historic Murphy’s Landing.

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Fort Snelling State Park Afton State Park Nerstrand Big Woods State Park  


19825 Park Boulevard
Jordan, MN 55352

Phone: 952-492-6400

Email: minnesotavalley.sra@state.mn.us

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