Maplewood State Park
It’s that time of year when people look forward to seeing the variety of fall colors at Maplewood State Park east of Pelican Rapids. For three weekends (Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4) the Friends of Maplewood will sell food and clothing at Maplewood to the many people who visit the state park to view the beautiful colors.
“We urge people to visit Maplewood during these days of color,” said John Nordstrom, volunteer with Friends of Maplewood State Park which coordinates this annual event.
The food booth will be set up at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter, in the heart of the state park, near the south shores of Lake Lida.
Wagon rides will be available again this year. Mary Berger will offer a Leaf Man story time for children on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. An Introduction to Geocaching class will be offered by Penny Brynildson, held each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. All of these activities will begin at the Picnic Shelter.
”People may not know that last year, during these three weekends, over 2,300 cars and 250 motorcycles entered the park,” said Nordstrom. “Join in for a beautiful drive among the fall colors or hike to the top of Hallaway Hill for a breathtaking view.”
The start of the trek to Hallaway Hill is located a short distance from the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter, where the food and clothing sales take place.
The park entrance is located seven miles east of Pelican Rapids along Highway 108. Despite recent construction, crews have been opening up the roadway on weekends to accommodate visitors to the park.
Minnesotans can follow the changing fall colors online this autumn on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site at www.mnstateparks.info.
The fall color reports are provided by state parks staff across Minnesota.
Weather is most critical in determining the colors displayed each fall. Colors are best when foliage is exposed to sunny, cool fall days. Light frosts may also help, but hard freezes can ruin the display.
If it’s too dry to produce the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, a drought will create a landscape filled with the subtler colors of tans, bronzes and auburns.
DNR reports will also track the changing colors of native grasses and wildflowers. In addition, the reports will include notes on birds, butterflies and other wildlife migration, along with information about the berries, nuts and fruits that are ripe for picking.
If you have any questions contact the staff at Maplewood State Park at 218-863-8383 or Nordstrom at 218-334-6567.
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