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The Mickelson Trail, one of the sites participating in the First Day Hikes program, hosts several snowshoe hikes throughout the winter. Photo by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.
The Mickelson Trail, one of the sites participating in the First Day Hikes program, hosts several snowshoe hikes throughout the winter. Photo by South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.

First Day Hikes

Dec 26, 2012

First Day hikes began over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a Milton, Mass. state park. This year is the second time all 50 state park systems have sponsored First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. South Dakota parks are offering 12 free hikes as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

Blood Run, our newest state park, is hosting its First Day Nature Hike on January 1 at 10:00 a.m. “It will be a guided hunt about nature in winter,” says Jennifer Nuncio, Seasonal Naturalist for South Dakota State Parks. “We hope to experience animals, tracks, and birds plus a few fun activities along the way.” Nuncio will lead the 1/2-mile hike and plans to share history about this Native American historical site near Sioux Falls. For information, contact 987-2263.

Other hikes include: 

Riddle HikeNewton Hills State Park near Canton, sunrise to sunset. Info: 605-987-2263

New Year’s Bird Count WalkLewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, 10 a.m. CST. Info: 605-668-2985

Creekside StrollCuster State Park, 10 a.m. MST. Info: 605-255-4515

New Year’s Get Out and Go Scavenger HuntAdams Homestead Nature Area near North Sioux City, 1 p.m. CST. Info: 605-232-0873

Lewis and Clark History HikeSpirit Mound Historic Prairie near Vermillion, 1 p.m. CST, pre-registration required. Info/register: 605-987-2263

First Day in the ForestRichmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, 1 p.m. CST. Info: 605-626-3488

Snowshoe If Snow, Hike If NoWest Whitlock Recreation Area near Gettysburg, 1 p.m. CST. Info: 605-765-9410

Birdwatcher’s HikeAngostura Recreation Area near Hot Springs, 1 p.m. MST. Info: 605-745-6996

First Day Snowshoe HikeGeorge S. Mickelson Trail, 1 p.m. MST, pre-registration required. Info/register: 605-584-3896

First Day Find ItLake Herman State Park near Madison, 1 p.m. CST. Info: 605-256-5003

After the 2011 FloodLaFramboise Island Nature Area in Pierre, 2 p.m. CST. Info: 605-773-2885

First Day HikeOakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce, 2 p.m. CST. Info: 605-627-5441

Snowshoe Along the Big SiouxBig Sioux Recreation Area in Brandon, 2 p.m. CST. Info: 605-582-7243

 

Comments

07:01 am - Mon, December 31 2012
Laura said:
If I hadn't made plans to get together with relatives, I would totally be dragging my husband out in the snow for a New Year's Day walk. It sounds like fun - particularly the snowshoeing, which I have never tried.

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