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State parks to offer First Day Hikes

Usher in 2020 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources staff say 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. 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 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.

O’Bannon Woods State Park, west of Corydon, will have a First Day Hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet at the nature center to walk with the park’s oxen, Forrest and Gump, and its donkeys, Garth and Gracie. The walk will be on a roadway for about 1 mile. Refreshments will be available upon return to the nature center.

The event is contingent on weather and road conditions. Call the Nature Center at 812-738-8234 for more information if the weather is questionable.