Celebrate New Year with First Day Hike

Usher in 2018 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.
First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2018 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.
DNR’s Division of State Parks is hosting 32 First Day events throughout the state.
Information on First Day events in Indiana is at StateParks.IN.gov/2420.htm.
The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. Hikes will take place in all 50 states.
 First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass. The program was launched to foster healthy lifestyles and promote year-round recreation at state parks.
 For more information, visit America’s State Parks website (stateparks.org) or Facebook page (facebook.com/Americas-State-Parks-205324976548604).
Included in the First Day Hikes is Brookville Lake, Mounds State Recreation Area. The hike will take place from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Meet at the Campground Shelter across from Wildlife Wander Trail for a 0.7-mile hike. Along the way, a naturalist will explain what life is like for animals during winter. The trail is rated easy. Hot cocoa will be served around a campfire afterward.
Also there will be a 4-mile fitness hike with assistant property manager Brad Walker at Versailles State Park starting at 2 p.m.