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PHOTO GALLERY: Fall Colors Could Peak This Week

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As the seasons change. So do the colors of the trees and we could see a peak in those fall colors as early as this week.

Minnesota's 6th largest state park, Maplewood State Park, could even see one of their best years for fall colors. Park Manager, Don Del Greco, is prepared and excited for this years peak, despite concerns of not having a colorful year.

"This year in particular with the dry weather we endured in July and August, we thought we might have an early drier season without the colors but some fortunate and timely rain blessed the landscape and we picked up six inches of rain here, back in the early part of September and with that rain we think it's added to the longevity of the color season," said Del Greco.

It's not only the maple trees showing off their bright oranges, reds and yellows this time of year. Native prairie grass in the park is also peaking, turning bright shades of red and blue.

"We are unique here in this part of the state, in that the prairies and the eastern deciduous forest meet right here and in this beautiful location we have the fall colors of the forest and the beautiful colorful prairie grasses meet and cause a beautiful array of colors," said Del Greco.

The park welcomes visitors to take in the fall colors with its second weekend of "Leaf Days," this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

Visitors will enjoy trail hikes, nature photography classes, introduction into geocaching, wagon rides and much more.  Maplewood State Park is located 7 miles east of Pelican Rapids, on Minnesota State Highway 108.

Take a look at our Fall Foliage photo gallery at the bottom of this story and share your photos with us! Head to www.valleynewslive.com and Join the Conversation.

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