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Maplewood State Park, Pelican Rapids

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State Park · Nature / Park
Maplewood State Park is a state park of Minnesota, United States, near Pelican Rapids. The park preserves a pre-contact habitation site that was occupied in two different periods (650–900 CE and 1450–1650 CE) in a forest/prairie transition zone. Located in the Leaf Mountains, Maplewood encompasses 9250acre in Otter Tail County and is known for its hardwood trees including sugar maple, basswood, American elm, and oak, which together provide a display of fall colors each year.It became a state park in 1965, and an archeological site within the park, the Maplewood Site, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.Popular cultureJim Fletcher, the author of The Lore Adventure Trilogy, built several small villages with the help of students of the Pelican Rapids High School and other local people. Several of these villages are placed in Maplewood State Park. One is accessible by a hiking trail, while another is located inside one of the lakes. Those are two of the known locations, while there may be many others inside of Maplewood.
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  • This is a large and beautiful park of rolling woodland and prairie hills. We staying in the Muskie camper cabin, and were pleasantly surprised by how cool it stayed in inside during the hot days...  more »
  • We took the kids to a little sandy beach. It was clean and a pretty quiet area. There were picnic tables and shade too. We will be back!  more »
  • This is a gorgeous park with winding roads and forested hills, with meadows and lakes nestled among the trees. A wondrous taste of Minnesota beauty, many of the camps and trails feel secluded and mysterious. Spend a summer weekend here for some peace and quiet.
  • Spent one week tent camping in the knoll. Great secluded campsites. However if you are looking for electric drive in sites they have plenty of those also. They have six main camping areas. One is for people with horses, one group area, one area with drive in electric sites, and the rest are non-electric. They also have some hike in sites if you really want to get away from everyone. There are miles of beautiful hiking trails available for all levels of hikers. Through deep forests and open rolling prairies. Great fishing on many of the lakes. There are boats to rent to get out fishing or just enjoy paddling around the beautiful lakes enjoying the abundant wildlife. Take some time to get back tipp nature at Maplewood State Park.

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