Maplewood State Park
By Jim Umhoefer
10,000-acre Maplewood State Park is blessed with a peaceful natural beauty that encompasses more than 20 lakes interspersed among hilly woodlands, and an extensive trail system. From the crest of Hallaway Hill the view sweeps over a green-blue world of lakes, fields and woods. Boats below on Lake Lida are like water spiders, gliding swiftly across the lake, leaving widening wakes behind them. It’s peaceful and breezy up here, the kind of place that is tailor-made for relaxed trail lunches and lazy afternoons under blue skies and white, puffy clouds. Maplewood State Park is located seven miles east of Pelican Rapids just off the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Minnesota’s Ottertail County.
Five miles of groomed cross-country ski trails are a delight to ski. Adventurous skiers can break their own trail on an additional five miles of ungroomed, backcountry trails. Snowshoeing is permitted everywhere but on groomed trails. The park offers a one-half mile groomed snowshoe route. A warming house is available for those venturing out in the cold.
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