FREMONT – What better way to kick off the New Year than by getting a jump start burning off those extra holiday calories in the great outdoors?
On New Year’s Day, America’s State Parks have all 50 states offering free, guided “First Day Hike” programs. These hikes provide a means for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. The Fremont Lakes SRA will once again host a New Year’s Day hike: one and a half miles along a trail. Waterfowl and wildlife will be observed, and participants are encouraged to dress warmly. A park entry permit is required, and hikers should meet at the park office.
Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year with the parks program, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country on the guided hikes.
The guided First Day Hikes are led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers. The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to create a fun experience for the whole family. People are invited to savor the beauty of the state park’s natural resources with the comfort of an experienced guide so they may be inspired to take advantage of these local treasures throughout the year.
State parks throughout Nebraska will be hosting Hikes this year. To learn more about First Day Hikes and see an interactive map of other hikes in Nebraska, go to https://www.stateparks.org/initiatives-special-programs/first-day-hikes