Park Highlights

Trail sign at Hallaway Hill


There are a variety of trails for your enjoyment within the park. Stop by the Park Office or the Trail Center to get a trail map. Depending on the season and the conditions, you can hike the many trails on foot, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile or even horseback.

Horseback riding on park trail

Horseback Riding

The fall, when the days are cooler and the leaves begin to show their color, is a great time of year to enjoy the park by horseback. There are many horse trails that wind through the woods, hills and along the many lakes. You can even make a reservation to stay overnight at the horse camp.

Boats and canoes for rent at Beers Lake


There are many lakes within the boundaries of Maplewood State Park. You can bring your own boat or rent one from the park. There are also canoes available for rent if you would like to get out on the water and enjoy the tranquility of the park. It is also a great place to do some ice-fishing in the winter.

Camper cabin


The many campgrounds within the park are a great place to pitch a tent, park a camper/trailer or even rent one of the park cabins. There is even a special horse camp. Spots fill up quickly in the summertime so it would be wise to contact the park to reserve a spot before you come.

Bird nest in wildlife blind on Beaver Lake

Wildlife / Bird Viewing

Maplewood State Park is home to many species of animals and birds. Park visitors can often spot deer grazing on the grasses or hear birds singing as they perch in the trees. You are likely to catch sight of an eagle, flock of geese or wild turkeys if you keep your eyes and ears open.

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Grounds / Swimming Beach

Everyone loves a picnic in the park. There are numerous picnic tables and grills available for visitor use, as well as a large picnic shelter that is available for group or family gatherings.  On a warm summer day you can go for a swim and relax at the sandy beach on Lake Lida.

Fall Hike Up Hallaway Hill

Autumn In The Park

The Leaves Come Falling Down

Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack

2017 sugarshackThe Maplewood State Park “Sugar Shack” is complete and on September 14, 2017 a proud group of volunteers turned over the keys to the brand new Sugar Shack building to the State Park System. It was a long seven years since the concept of doing maple syrup at Maplewood State Park was first proposed. Dreams can become reality with lots of hard work, and some very generous individuals and groups.

Our Photos page includes pictures of the development of the sugar shack as well as the dedication ceremony.

For more information on the sugar shack project go to our Sugar Shack Project page.

Pelican sculpture at Trail CenterSo Many Things to Do

The park can be enjoyed summer, fall, winter and spring. Each season brings unique and amazing aspects of the park to enjoy.

The maple forest turns brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red in the fall. Eight major lakes and many ponds offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida has a sandy beach and large picnic areas for visitors. Drive along the scenic route to observe the wildlife: the park is host to 150 bird species and 50 species of mammals. The extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.

The park entrance is 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids, MN on State Highway 108. Visit the Maplewood State Park website for more information.