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NEWS ARCHIVE:     Age: 491 days

First Day Hikes to be held at 12 Wisconsin State Park properties

Published by Central Office December 20, 2016

Contact(s): Brigit Brown - 608-219-1295 or Paul Holtan, 608-267-7517 or 608-235-2126

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated to correct that Harrington Beach State Park will not be having a First Day Hike this year.  Harrington Beach State Park will hold a winter hike on Saturday, Jan. 7.  We regret the error.]

MADISON - People looking to start their New Year's resolution for better health can start the year off on the right foot by participating in any of a dozen First Day Hikes that will be held at Wisconsin State Park System properties on January 1.

Hardy New Year's Day hikers had fun on the 2 mile snowshoe trail where they ventured out to Echo Rock along the lakeside.
Hardy New Year's Day hikers had fun on the 2 mile snowshoe trail where they ventured out to Echo Rock along the lakeside.
Photo Credit: DNR

On a First Day Hike, visitors can enjoy walks through diverse, beautiful natural areas, led by park staff or volunteers. Most hikes include additional activities such as campfires, naturalist guides, wildlife tracking and hot beverages after the hike. A 2017 Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required for entrance to most parks for these events, although the Lapham Peak and Pike Lake units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are waiving the sticker requirements for their First Day hikers.

All 50 states are participating in the sixth annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes.

On Jan. 1, 2016, 802 participants hiked 2,300 miles at 9 different Wisconsin state park properties, up from the 507 participants and 1,191 miles hiked at 10 different parks in 2015.

In Wisconsin, First Day Hikes will be held at the following properties:

For helpful cold weather hiking tips, visit the American Hiking Society's website at (both links exit DNR). For a complete listing of all State Park events, including First Day Hikes, search the DNR website for keywords "get outdoors."

All participants are encouraged to log their First Day Hike adventures on social media with the hash tag "#firstdayhikes."

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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