Michigan state parks celebrate the new year with First Day Hikes

Lansing, MI-December 3, 2014- The Department of Natural Resources will sponsor free, guided hikes in Michigan state parks on New Year’s Day (plus additional hikes throughout the week) as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the new year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike Thursday, Jan. 1, at a nearby state park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome a new year with friends and family.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average 1 to 2 miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit www.naspd.org to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

Michigan state parks are extending the celebration to a full week of healthy events to start off the new year on the right foot with “Shoe Year’s Hikes.” Events will be offered at the following locations:

  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon County): Dec. 31, 6 p.m. 
  • Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry County): Jan. 1, 11 a.m.
  • Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien County), Jan. 1, 10 a.m.
  • Mitchell State Park (Wexford County): Jan. 2, 1 p.m.
  • Bay City State Recreation Area (Bay County): Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m.
  • Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston County): Jan. 3, noon
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Ontonagon County): Jan. 3, 1 p.m.
  • Ludington State Park (Mason County): Jan. 3, 6 p.m.
  • Sterling State Park (Monroe County): Jan. 4, 1 p.m.

For details about Michigan’s Shoe Years Hikes, visit www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors.



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