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A 31-acre hidden gem in the heart of North Mankato, Bluff Park offers a diversity of ecosystems along the western rim of the Minnesota River Valley.
Old growth forests made up primarily of Maple and Oak allow the visitor to feel like they’re in a much larger, more remote, and older part of Minnesota.
The central area of the park is in the process of being restored to native prairie. Bluebird houses have been added to attract the highly efficient, not to mention beautiful, insect predator.
The park offers offers a paved trail loop. Watch for small animals and a large variety of birds as you make your way along the river valley bluffs.
- A picnic area and restrooms are available.
- The trail is perfect for cross-country skiing in the winter.
- Leashed dogs are welcome.
Bluff Park Restoration
The City of North Mankato has begun a multi-year vegetative restoration effort within Bluff Park to enhance user experience and promote a more diverse ecosystem.
Invasive species such as Buckthorn and Red Osier Dogwood will be eradicated from the park to allow the native tree population to continue to thrive. This process will also clear the way for views of the valley to the east from the gazebo as well as several additional locations along the trail.
The interior 6 acres which is currently mowed and maintained as turf will be restored with native prairie grass, wildflowers and other vegetation native to our local prairies. Certain areas within the prairie will receive select young volunteer trees transplanted from within the wooded areas of Bluff Park.
These areas will create a new habitat for wildlife and pollinators that will be able to be viewed from new benches and wood chip trails through the area.
Please call the North Mankato Park Department with any questions at 507-625-3382