This glorious tree greeted us at the entrance to Itasca State Park. Not bad!
We got our workout yesterday on the brand new bike trails in Itasca State Park. It was a 70 degree day, sunny and no wind ~ a perfect day for biking. If you stayed at our vacation resort this summer, you know that the bike trails in Itasca State Park were closed for the entire summer. And while that was somewhat disappointing to the Park Rapids area, (because summer is prime time for family vacations that almost always include biking with the family) the new and improved trails really are great! You can look forward to enjoying these bike trails in 2015!
The new trails had their grand opening on September 18th. Bikers can expect a safe and enjoyable experience while they meander through the incredibly scenic rolling hills of the park. The trail includes about 6 miles of paved route that winds you through the pine forest that Itasca State Park is famous for. Every time I go to the park, I'm again amazed at just how BIG and impressive the trees are in the park.
I risked poison ivy to give you these visuals to show just how big the pine trees are. Ha!
Our trip to Itasca State Park actually had three goals: 1) Try out the new bike trails. 2) View the fall colors. 3) Get a famous malt at Douglas Lodge. (For future reference, the malts only come in one size -- extra large! So plan to share a malt with someone else. And never eat it BEFORE you start biking or the uphill peddling will challenge your legs AND your stomach!)
The trees have their glow on!
Such a nice mix of trees at Itasca State Park.
I'm not exactly sure what is going on here, but I found it interesting.
Here is my biking partner, who reluctantly got out of the boat to join me.
Based upon these pictures and all that we saw yesterday, I would say the trees in the park have not yet reached peak color. While visitors this weekend will have beautiful scenery, I'm betting that a trip up north would still be very worthwhile from now until October 5th.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Two Inlets Resort is located just 10 minutes from Itasca State Park which is a popular destination in northern Minnesota for fall color tours and biking.