Owatonna has some great parks. Explore Minnesota agrees. They ranked Owatonna's Kaplan Woods as a Top Ten park for a fall hike. When the fall colors get started, and the humidity and temperatures dip a little, a visit to Kaplan's Woods or any other Owatonna would be a great decision.

The top ten parks were picked for "their natural beauty, wide range of scenery and fantastic fall color."

Explore Minnesota states, "It contains over 6 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails," adding, "Kaplan's Woods Parkway, a handicap-accessible trail, is a 1.5-mile paved hiking and biking trail connecting Kaplan's Woods Park with Morehouse Park." Free parking and free access are also pluses.

Owatonna's Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Passport Program again this fall. Kaplan's Woods is one of the highlighted parks! The department also announces that a ribbon cutting for the new 18th Street Trail will happen Monday, September 10 at about 5:30 pm. Straight River Sports will have various styles of bikes available for some trial runs on the new stretch of trail.