By: Jennifer Bateman | Saturday, October 03, 2015
The bike trails in Itasca State Park are approaching peak color!
Park Rapids, the hidden little gem of a town in northern Minnesota and home to Itasca State Park, is still a busy destination the month of October. With fall color peaking later than normal, we anticipate some last minute phone calls this coming week to fill our available lakeside cabins for rent.
I made a visit to Itasca State Park two days ago. It was a glorious fall day so a friend and I went biking on the new bike trails. These pictures show that as of October 1st everything is looking pretty green, at least on the bike trails. If you climb the fire tower (which I didn't - my legs can only take so much exercise in one day), the view from up there will show more fall color changes since it gives such an expansive view.
The Mississippi River headwaters area is still pretty green.
The bike trails are still mostly green and yellow.
Biking and hiking in Itasca State Park, even in the middle of the day, is usually good for wildlife viewing. In one short hour of biking we saw two deer, five ruffed grouse, four wild turkeys, one bald eagle and of course, lots of squirrels!
Itasca State Park is the fourth most visited attraction in the state of Minnesota. We are open until October 13 and our area is worth the drive. If you have a need to get away for a little fall color tour or wildlife viewing, give us a call. Feel free to track our area's fall color progress at this link. In fact, Itasca State Park made the DNR's "This Week's Top Picks" for fall color.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Itasca State Park is just a ten minute drive from Two Inlets Resort. Nearly 100% of resort guests make a visit to this beautiful state park.