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Maplewood Park to host Leaf Days

Maplewood State Park is celebrating its 50th birthday, and it is one of the best places in Minnesota to enjoy the fall colors. 

The park’s 9,250 acres are known for its hardwood trees including the sugar maple, basswood, American elm and oak.  These trees are beginning to provide a beautiful display of fall colors.

For two weekends, Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6, the Friends of Maplewood will be giving wagon rides to view the fall colors.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery from their vehicles, hike on some of the 25 miles of hiking trails, and enjoy a picnic in the park. A hike to the top of Hallaway Hill will provide a beautiful vista of Lake Lida and the fall colors.

Extra events are available each day. On all four days a 4.5 mile hike led by North Country Trail members will leave the picnic shelter at 10:30.  Each day finds different events, but some of them are: How to use a GPS; Drawing Landscapes; Nature Photography; Carving demonstrations; Pioneer crafts; Children’s class on Animals that live in trees; Native American artifacts.

A special Maplewood Birthday Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2–4 p.m. at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter. Of course there will be cake, but people will be there to share stories of living in Maplewood Township before it became a State Park and also stories of the early days of Maplewood State Park.

All of the activities start at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter. The park entrance is located seven miles east of Pelican Rapids on Hwy 108. For more info, contact Maplewood State Park at 218-863-8383.

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