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Maplewood State Park, Pelican Rapids

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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. Make Maplewood State Park part of your personalized Pelican Rapids itinerary using our Pelican Rapids online trip planner.
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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... 
    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! 
    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 »
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  • Incredibly beautiful park. Many features and amenities. 9200 acres of hiking and wilderness. Remote camping sites. This one is a beauty. Saw a fox when departing the park today.
  • Lovely park! Beautiful year round and tons to do. The only reason I'm taking a star off is because of their "mountain bike trails". The trails are old ATV trails with horse poop. Not worth it for mountain biking.

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