DNR Announces Winter Walking at State Parks

Dubois County (NNDC):

The Department of Natural Resources has initiated the First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start the new year and provide a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

Information on First Day events in Indiana is at bit.ly/2S6yOT6.

The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks (stateparks.org and facebook.com/Americas-State-Parks-205324976548604). Hikes will take place in all 50 states.

First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks.

First Day events for local and most used parks by Dubois County residents at listed below are (all times are local):

-Ferdinand State Forest, 11:30 a.m., Meet at the Sycamore Shelters (below the property manager’s residence) to begin a moderate hike lasting two to three hours on property roads and the South Ridge Trail. For more information, call 812-827-2857.

-Lincoln State Park, noon CT, Meet at the Nature Center for a 2 mile hike lasting approximately two hours around Lincoln Lake. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and boots or sturdy shoes for the trail. Friends of Lincoln State Park will provide light refreshments.

-Patoka Lake 1 to 2 p.m., Meet at the nature center for a ¾ mile hike. Grab a cup of hot chocolate before and after the hike inside the Nature Center.
-Spring Mill State Park, 9-10:30 a.m., Meet on the front porch of Spring Mill Inn for this moderate to rugged 2 mile hike. Dress for the cold weather and trail conditions. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the Lakeview Room at the inn after the hike.

-Turkey Run State Park, noon-1 p.m., Meet at the nature center for this 1 mile hike. This trail is rugged and potentially slippery. Hiking boots are required. Attendees must be able to lift their leg to a 90 degree angle. If the weather is not conducive for a hike into Rocky Hollow, a shorter and easier alternative will be offered.

Only local parks and those Dubois County residents use frequently are listed above, though If you don’t see the property you want, check calendar.dnr.IN.gov for updates.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

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