Shafer Park

If you are like me and love to see the leaves change every year, look no further than Shafer Park in Wayzata. Close to Wayzata Beach and the Dakota Trail head, the park was originally called Hoagland Woods when it was purchased by the city in 1922. Early in the 21st century, is was renamed for the Shafer family, early settlers to the area including descendant Craig Shafer, the city’s first Mayor in 1946. While you stroll through the trails, taking in the beautiful scenery, you’ll come across the crown jewel of the park, a historic Trapper’s Cabin. Estimated to be over 130 years old, the Trapper’s Cabin was relocated in the fall of 2014 from its previous location. It is the oldest-known building in the city and its origins are a mystery. It can be seen in historic pictures of houses that were first built on the land in 1889.

If you want to find the best locations and times to see the leaves changes, check out Explore Minnesota’s Fall Color Report.


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