First Day Hikes offer a way to begin the New Year rejuvenated and connected with nature. First Day hikers at Mirror Lake State Park. Photo credit: DNR

The First Day Hikes campaign, which is hosted by The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ State Park System will be celebrating its 9th anniversary this year on New Year’s Day.

This year will see hiking opportunities at 15 Wisconsin State parks in virtually every part of the state.

2019’s First Day Hikes saw 1,150 outdoor enthusiasts who Hiked and astounding 2,902 miles through 10 State Parks spread across Wisconsin on New Year’s Day.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more fit this is your chance to start out right on the first day of the year. If you’re not making resolutions, I would suggest making one, get out and take this opportunity to get more connected with Wisconsin’s State Parks and begin the year with a rejuvenating hike while you enjoy the winter landscapes that Wisconsin’s State Parks have to offer.

Before you go remember to check the DNR Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page for possible cancellations.

When you share those selfies be sure to use the hashtag #OutWiGo.

If you would prefer a more personal approach to confirming the events just give your selected property a call, especially if there is bad weather expected, or forecast.

A 2020 Wisconsin state park admission sticker is required for entrance to most parks for these events and will be on sale at property offices.

First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day are happening at the following locations:

1. Buckhorn State ParkFirst Day Hike

2. Devil’s Lake State ParkFirst Day Hike

3. Interstate State ParkFirst Day Hike

4. Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak UnitFirst Day Hike

5. Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake UnitFirst Day Hike

6. Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit First Day Hike

7. Mirror Lake State ParkFirst Day Hike

8. Newport State ParkFirst Day Hike

9. Peninsula State ParkFirst Day Hike

10. Red Cedar State TrailFirst Day Hike

11. Roche-A-CriFirst Day Hike

12. Richard Bong State Recreation AreaFirst Day Hike

13. Straight Lake State ParkFirst Day Hike

14. Stower Seven Lakes State TrailFirst Day Hike


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