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First Day Hike- Various Locations
January 1 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pmFree
via the Wisconsin DNR website
Wisconsin State Parks 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.
Anyone 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 11 First Day Hikes that will be held at Wisconsin State Park properties on January 1.
On a First Day Hike, visitors can enjoy walks through diverse, beautiful natural areas, led by park rangers or volunteers. Most hikes include additional activities such as campfires, naturalist guides, wildlife tracking, and hot beverages after the hike.
America’s State Parks and American Hiking Society are teaming up with state park programs across the country to promote First Day Hikes as a healthy and memorable way to start the New Year.
- Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm) – Hike or snowshoe a 4.5-mile or 2.5-mile loop on the Brown and/or Green Trail. The hike will be co-lead by the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Park Naturalist. Park in the beach parking lot and meet at the amphitheater. Pets on a leash are welcome. After your hike, warm up by the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate. Admission stickers are not required for this event.
- Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Start the new year off with a 4 mile hike through the forest. Stick around afterwards for hot cocoa courtesy of the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association and warm up in the new warming shelter. Meet at the Scuppernong Trail System parking lot off of Highway ZZ. Get Directions.
- CANCELLED** Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak Unit – Waukesha/Milwaukee Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance (11:00 am) – Follow the yellow Ice Age Trail signs to the Hausmann Nature Center where the hikes will begin. Plan is to have a Tyke Hike (Family Hike with some exploring and maybe an activity). Hike and then join in afterwards for snacks and beverages at the Nature Center. A state park sticker of $8 day-use per vehicle is required. Purchase your 2019 annual sticker for $28 and begin your year of exploring our state parks. CANCELLED
- ***From the Ice Age Trail Alliance:“Even though the Ice Age Trail itself is not closed during the government shutdown, ALL VOLUNTEER-BASED activities are suspended. Although the Ice Age Trail Alliance is largely funded by memberships, grant funds, and generous private and corporate donors, the insurance we carry for our volunteer activities is funded through the National Park Service, a federally funded organization. Consequently, an
y injuries or claims that may occur during this shutdown will not be covered by the Volunteers in the Park insurance program.“