Maplewood State Park Leaf Days Saturday & Sunday
Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:15
Maplewood State Park Leaf Days will celebrate the fall color season for two weekends, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5.
Maplewood State Park’s 9,250 acres are known for hardwood trees including the sugar maple, basswood, American elm, and oak that are beginning to provide a beautiful display of fall colors. The Friends of Maplewood will be giving wagon rides to view the fall colors and there is no better view than from the top of Hallaway Hill which overlooks Lake Lida. During the ride “Friends” members will be telling the story of Maplewood, and about who lived in Maplewood Township before it became a park. One may even hear old tales when the park was a winter ski hill.
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.
All four days North Country Trail members will go on a hike leaving from the picnic shelter. Extra events are available each day including: a “Fall Colors Photo Walk” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; “Making Maple Candy” class from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; How to use a GPS Sunday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Oct 5 at 1 p.m.; “Drawing Maplewood Landscapes” will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.; participate in a “Nature Photography” class Saturday, Oct. 4 at noon; learn about Bagpipe music at 1 & 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; and enter a “Digital Picture Scavenger Hunt” from 1:45-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
There will also be carving demonstrations; pioneer crafts such as rope-making, corn shelling, making a pioneer “whirligig” game; Native American artifacts; building bird feeders; painting wooden maple leaves and more.
All of the activities start at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter. There will be food for sale at the picnic shelter. Come join “Friends” for a day in the park. Remember to bring a camera.
The park entrance is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids on Hwy 108. For more info contact the staff at Maplewood State Park at 218-863-8383 or John Nordstrom at 334-6567.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 15:15