Fall colors are here: Still plenty of viewing opportunities, reports DNR

Walkers at Maplewood State Park, photo by Tom Hintgen

It was a rainy, windy weekend for the Annual Leaf Days celebration at Maplewood State Park September 22 and 23. 

“Saturday was rainy, and Sunday was windy,” said John Nordstrom from Friends of Maplewood, the group that hosts the annual event. “The most positive thing about the weekend was the great volunteers we had to help.”

And help they did, some enduring both days of wet and windy weather, and many volunteers staying until every last thing was put away. 

Even though the weather and leaf colors were not ideal for most, those who did join the festivities enjoyed great food and activities organized by the Friends of Maplewood volunteers.

Upcoming events from Friends

February 25th is the date set for the next Friends of Maplewood event. They will host a Candlelight Ski allowing visitors to ski, hike, or snowshoe a 1-mile candle-lit ski trail. Past events have also featured chili, smores, and hot drinks to enjoy around the campfire on the chilly winter night.

Spring will bring maple syrup season and the opening of the Sugar Shack, where additional volunteers will be needed to replenish the sold-out stores of maple syrup bottled from the park. 

Peak fall colors 

According to the “Fall Color Finder” on the Minnesota DNR website, Maplewood is currently at its peak. But if you call and ask park manager Don Del Greco, he is likely to tell you the same thing he tells everyone who calls to ask: “Peak color is the day that you’re here.”

You can view the DNR’s peak color map here: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/fall_colors/index.html