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Maplewood State Park leaf days begin this weekend

The color of fall is starting to come and there is no better place to view those fall colors than at Maplewood State Park. Fall days are a great time to visit Maplewood, have a picnic, take a hike, or just drive around looking at the colorful lea...

Various children’s activities are planned during Maplewood State Park’s Leaf Days Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, including using a corn sheller, pioneer games, rope making or building a bird feeder.
Various children’s activities are planned during Maplewood State Park’s Leaf Days Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, including using a corn sheller, pioneer games, rope making or building a bird feeder.

The color of fall is starting to come and there is no better place to view those fall colors than at Maplewood State Park. Fall days are a great time to visit Maplewood, have a picnic, take a hike, or just drive around looking at the colorful leaves and native grasses.

During the weekends of Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2, the Friends of Maplewood has its fall Leaf Days. Besides the usual things to do at a state park, narrated wagon rides will highlight the history of Maplewood. Available for sale during the celebration will be food, clothing and Maplewood's own maple syrup.

Other activities during those four days includes a guided hike on the portion of the North Country Trail that runs through Maplewood at 10 a.m. from the Trail Center; at the Josh Hanson Picnic Shelter children's activities are set up, such as rope making, using a corn sheller, pioneer games and toys, leaf art, or building a bird feeder.

There are also different demonstrations and activities planned, including making hiking sticks, using an apple press to make applesauce, and making duck decoys and homemade ice cream.

Each day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., there will be a digital scavenger hunt. Using a smartphone or camera participants may search the grounds for one hour to find the items on the list. Prizes will be awarded.

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Maplewood State Park is located on Highway 108, 8 miles east of Pelican Rapids or 20 miles west of Perham. For questions call the park at 218-863-8383.

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