Fall colors right on schedule at MaplewoodPublished 10:53am Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The autumn season has officially arrived, and the peak of fall colors in the area should be just days away at Maplewood State Park.
“It’s always a challenging day to pick out,” said Don Del Greco, park manager at Maplewood State Park. “There will be a real parade of colors over the next 7 to 10 days.”
At Maplewood State Park, trees are displaying some red leaves right now, with some orange and yellow coming in. Del Greco’s peak estimate is pretty typical for a fall season. Peak reds, oranges and yellows usually show up in the last weekend in September and first weekend in October.
“And we’re going to be right in that area this year again,” Del Greco said.
However, the peak isn’t expected at Glendalough State Park until the first or second week in October, according to Park Manager Jeff Wiersma.
“Well, things are moving kind of slow here,” Wiersma said. “The trees are just barely getting started. We’re usually about a week behind Maplewood’s peak.”
The dry conditions that July and August brought slowed the color a tad, according to Del Greco, but some timely rainfall and going into the summer with abundant moisture helped to keep the fall colors fairly close to any other year.
It’s not just the leaves that are colorful to look at either. Maplewood has some maroon, purple and rusty brown prairie grass right now, too. The prairie grasses at Glendalough have turned as well.
“The prairie grasses are in full peak,” Del Greco said. “They are spectacular. The prairie grasses are a wonderful lead up to the fall colors.”
Having peak colors in the next few days will be good timing for the 50th annual Leaf Days celebration at Maplewood. The Friends of Maplewood put on activities scheduled for Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6 in celebration of the spectacular fall colors Maplewood has to offer.
Glendalough has its Fall Color Bike Tour Sept. 28, even though the leaves might not be as colorful as some might like.