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Contact(s): Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
December 19, 2017

[EDITOR'S ADVISORY: The First Day Hike at Willow River and Perrot state parks and Stower Sever Lakes State Trail have been cancelled due to frigid temperatures in the forecast.  Additional cancellations will be noted here and on the DNR Facebook Page and Twitter feed.]

MADISON - The Wisconsin State Park System is once again hosting First Day Hikes on New Year's Day. These hikes offer visitors an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. In its biggest year yet, First Day Hikes will be happening at 17 state properties, spanning all four corners of the State. From Bong to Pattison, and Newport to Buckhorn, everyone's invited to kick off 2018 on the right foot.

This is the seventh year Wisconsin has participated in the nationwide First Day Hikes campaign with 17 hikes statewide -- the most ever offered. On Jan. 1, 2017, 679 participants hiked 1,748 miles at 13 different Wisconsin state park properties. Nationwide last year, more than 62,000 people took part in guided hikes that covered over 114,165 miles on 1,300 different hikes across the country, according to the National Association of State Park Directors.

There was a good turnout for the First Day Hike at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in 2016. - Photo credit: Dave O'Brien
There was a good turnout for the First Day Hike at the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in 2016.Photo credit: Dave O'Brien

A 2018 Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required for entrance to most parks for these events and will be on sale at park offices.

In Wisconsin, 2018 First Day Hikes will be held at the following properties:

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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