Join Chip and I for a 5-6 mile hike at one of my favorite State Parks within an hour from the Twin Cities! Colors are getting to be amazing at this point in the 'Big Woods' of MN. All hiking levels welcome.
The trails at Lake Maria State Park will take us through many samples of Minnesota's natural history - remnants of the "Big Woods,", marshes, and glacier formed potholes. Noted for its wildlife, including an endangered species of turtle, and a stopping point for trumpeter swans. The park offers a full plate of sights on winding trails through oak forests. Those that have gone for the first time in the past always returned to enjoy this beautiful treasure of MN.
Leaf Colors: 50 - 75%
What you'll see:
Many trees are showing yellows,golds and shades of red and orange. Scattered maples are showing peak color. Prairies and grasslands have shades of red/brown with yellow and purple flowers in bloom. Interior woodlands are showing many shades of light green and yellow with some maples showing red/orange. Oak Trees are mostly green and just starting to change color.
Also of interest:
Waterfowl,hawks and song birds are migrating through the park. Look for trumpeter swans near the wildlife Observation area. Deer, wild turkey and a variety of frogs are common sights.
Since we will be hiking close to lunch time, please bring a snack and water bottle. After the hike, we will meat at a restaurant and have a real lunch with a nice cold beer for those interested.
State Park sticker is required for each vehicle. Day pass is $5 but I usually reccommend annual pass for $25. It is good for a year beginning at time of purchase and it's good for all MN State Parks. If you're interested in car pooling, we can pick a spot to meet somewhere in the northwest metro.
Dogs are definitely welcome.
**NO NEED TO RSVP 'NO' IF NOT GOING UNLESS YOU HAD TO CHANGE YOUR RSVP FROM A YES.**