While visiting family up in Fergus Falls, I took a day and night to explore Maplewood State Park, the 6th largest state park in Minnesota. Since it was a weekday, I practically had the entire park to myself. I chatted with the very friendly and helpful park rangers in the information center, selected a campsite, then explored several trails in the park. There are so many options! Here are a few experiences I can share; I hope you enjoy!
Location: Pelican Rapids, MN
Management: Minnesota State Parks and Trails
Trail Surface: Natural Surface. Dirt, grass, gravel
Environment: Prairie, Deciduous Forest, Wetland
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Cell Phone Reception: Good
Parking: Plentiful, no charge
Dog Rules: Dogs on Leash, 6 foot maximum. Pick up dog waste.
Recommended Gear: A GOOD pair of hiking boots, harnesses and leashes for the dogs, a daypack, water, bug spray, and multiple layers.
Hallaway Hill Overlook