Lake Maria (ma-RYE-ah) State Park is a short drive west of the Twin Cities, just outside Monticello.
Fall is a beautiful time to explore this park’s trails.
It’s one of the last remaining parts of the Big Woods of Minnesota, and glaciers left many potholes, marshes, and lakes in this area.
The park is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013.
The rare and threatened Blandings turtle lives in the park, as do hundreds of species of birds.
You’ll find lots of maples, oaks and basswood. Many trees have passed their peak color has passed for 2013, but the oaks are at peak now.
Lake Maria State Park
- Minnesota DNR: Lake Maria State Park
- Map and directions
- Lake Maria in spring
- More photos from Lake Maria State Park
Visited: October 2, 2010