PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. - The scenic Hallaway Hill Overlook Trail in Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids in west-central Minnesota will undergo construction after Labor Day to re-route the trail to address erosion issues, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Construction is expected to take about a month, but the trail will remain open.
The new alignment will provide for a more gradual, safer and more sustainable route to the top of the most popular hiking trail in Maplewood State Park. It will also offer hikers spectacular views of the scenic hardwood hills, lakes and prairies that make the park a popular hiking and fall color destination.
“The trail has been heavily used,” said Don DelGreco, Maplewood State Park manager. “Rerouting the trail is necessary to address safety issues, as erosion is threatening the integrity of the existing trail.”
The new trail surface will be crushed rock and gravel. DelGreco said that many new and extensive panoramic views will be available for hikers as the trail winds and traverses through colorful prairies and shady hardwood forests on its route to the “top-of-hill.”
Friends of Maplewood State Park helped finance the project with $15,000 in funding.