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Fall & Northern Minnesota

August 19, 2020

Classic Fall Activities in Minnesota: “Leaf Peeping”

“Leaf peeping” isn’t a universally accepted phrase. However, it’s a widely beloved activity in many countries, including Japan, where the expression is known as “momijigari.” During autumn’s peak, leaf peeping is a way of life for many Midwesterners, particularly Northern Minnesotans. There’s just something heartwarming about observing the landscape’s subtle transformation from emerald to a vibrant meld of marigold, amber, crimson, and kelly green. While leaf peeping is only one of many quintessential fall activities in Minnesota, it’s undoubtedly the most popular mid-day pleasure for couples and families alike.

5 Places to Spot Vibrant Minnesota Fall Foliage

Here at Little Norway Resort on peaceful Little Mantrap Lake, we know a thing or two about head-turning fall foliage. The lake itself is entirely enclosed by a wide variety of tree genus’, including aspens, pines, oaks, and maples. Much of the region features similar forestry; thus, a brief drive to a neighboring park, trail, or attraction should also be on your autumn-flavored Little Norway itinerary. Before we dive into 15 common fall activities in Minnesota, let’s take a closer look at the lush wilderness between Park Rapids and Lake Itasca. These five destinations provide some of the most vivid leafage in the state.

  1. Aiton Heights Fire Tower - Itasca State Park’s 110-foot-tall marvel offers the region’s most spellbinding views.
  2. Dr. Roberts Trail - Upon arrival, hikers are met with a sign that reads, “Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints.” It’s a wonderful reminder and a beautifully articulated precursor to the untouched splendor of Itasca’s best trail.
  3. Carter’s Red Wagon Farm - Browse through hundreds of plump pumpkins, get lost inside a themed corn maze, purchase jarred goods, and enjoy a hilarious hayride through a field of scarecrows.
  4. Little Mantrap Lake - As mentioned above, Little Mantrap Lake itself boasts so much potential, including fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.
  5. The Bike Path from Park Rapids to Dorset - The Heartland State Trail, especially east of Park Rapids, is a visual thrill. Remember to visit in late September as most of Dorset’s restaurants and shops close for the season in early October.

15 Quintessential Fall Activities in Minnesota

Compiling a list of classic fall activities in Minnesota’s “North Country” is overly challenging. We’ve been practicing and perfecting this gorgeous, albeit brief season since adolescence. It’s such a joy to witness, year after year, this valley’s dazzling transformation. The colors have a way of amplifying outdoor recreation, whether you’re fishing for largemouth bass or hiking through Itasca State Park. All 15 of these activities can be pursued at Little Norway Resort or a nearby park or attraction.

  1. Kayaking
  2. Bass fishing
  3. Bicycling
  4. Scenic drives
  5. Hiking (or backpacking)
  6. Canoeing
  7. Bonfire (share ghost stories, roast marshmallows, stargaze, etc.)
  8. Photography
  9. Carve pumpkins
  10. Bake fall-inspired desserts
  11. Grill on the deck
  12. Birding
  13. Forest bathing
  14. Solve a corn maze
  15. Geocaching

Family Resorts in Park Rapids, MN

Historic Little Norway Resort boasts some of the most affordable (and comfortable) lake cabin rentals in Minnesota, all of which feature a unique animal name. You’ll discover a little slice of heaven here along the edge of tranquil Little Mantrap Lake. We’re a short distance from Park Rapids, Bemidji, and Detroit Lakes, right in the heart of the state. Outdoor enthusiasts, anglers, growing families, and couples alike cannot resist the property’s unique blend of history, natural beauty (including vibrant foliage), convenience, and rustic sophistication. Book now online to avoid hidden third-party fees. Autumn ranks among our most desirable seasons, so please make reservations at your earliest convenience. We cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces this fall!

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