New Year's Idea: Take A Hike

Mathew BarnettDec 29, 2016

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get in shape, then shift the first day of 2017 into high gear with an invigorating snowshoe hike at a MI state park.

Two different guided tours will be available on Sunday January 1, 2017.

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 the natural world with fun, guided hikes.

Take advantage of the resources that America's State Parks have to offer and get connected to our country's shared resources by finding a First Day Hike near you. Some are on paved trails, others are on challenging trails.

Lewis and Clark State Park, Winlock: Follow the Trail of the Deer path on this moderate 1.5-mile hike, while exploring the lovely old growth forest in this park.

The First Day Hikes events range from brisk strolls on scenic trails, polar plunges, bike rides, short treks with adoptable pups and meditation walks to more strenuous hikes for more experienced visitors. We had 1,252 people participate state wide past year, with a little over 200 just at Indiana Dunes! The tradition originated more than 25 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. Easy one-hour hike. Meet at Meigs Point Nature Center.

Keep in mind there are six other trails at the Indiana Dunes State Park, and that the 3 Dune Challenge (Trail 8) is the only one rated as rugged. The hike starts at 9:30 a.m. CST and the stories and craft project will end at about 12:30 p.m. CST.

Parker Dam State Park, Penfield, 11 a.m., hike on the Civilian Conservation Corps Trail.

Lyman Run State Park, Galeton, 1 p.m., slower-paced, family-oriented hike, hot chocolate and cookies. He said this this the third year they will participate in the First Day Hike.

This year, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will hosts several First Day Hikes to help residents get back in shape.

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Carlisle, 2 p.m., easy, 1.5-mile hike on fairly level trails in the Pine Plantation Use Area.

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