Most People Don’t Realize An Underground River Flows Right Through Minnesota

Minnesota has many beautiful – and often mysterious – attractions. From the strange story of the Kensington Runestone to the newly solved mystery of the Devil’s Kettle, this state is full of unique places to see. One of Minnesota’s most beautiful hidden treasures is actually underground.

In southern Minnesota, the Root River ambles its way east from Chatfield, to meet the Mississippi River. But along the way, it dips below ground to become a subterranean river with otherworldly beauty. Luckily for Minnesotans, we can visit the underground river at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. Take a look:

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Have you ever visited the state park that contains this underground river? Let us know what you thought! If you love exploring Minnesota’s off-the-beaten-track spots, also check out this list of 7 mysterious, unusual spots in Minnesota that you never knew existed.