New Year’s hiking in Southern Indiana: DNR to host First Day Hikes in state parks – Yahoo News

Randy Hunter and his wife Karla Hunter enjoy the unseasonable warm weather Christmas day by taking a walk at Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell.

With the beginning of a new year just days away, many area residents will be making their annual New Year’s resolutions.

One of the most popular resolutions is to get more active and lose weight.

The Indiana State Parks, a division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will conduct First Day Hikes on Saturday at several properties in partnership with America’s State Parks.

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“First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2022 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends,” the DNR stated in a news release.

Several properties throughout the region will be hosting First Day Hikes for local residents to participate.

Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park, 3333 E. State Road 60, Mitchell, will conduct two First Day Hikes on Saturday.

The first hike will start at 9 a.m. and guests are asked to meet at the Spring Mill Inn.

This hike will be a 90-minute “moderate to difficult” hike along the park’s Trail 3.

An easier hike will start at 10 a.m. and participants are asked to meet at the Gus Grissom Memorial parking lot for a 30-minute hike along Trail 6, which is paved.

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There will be hot chocolate and cookies served in the inn’s Lake Room after the two hikes.

Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake, 3086 N. Dillard Rd., Birdseye, will conduct its First Day Hike at noon starting at the property’s nature center.

“(G)rab a challenge sheet about Patoka history that participants can fill in during the hike,” the DNR noted in its release.

The winner of the challenge will get a 2022 Annual Entrance Pass for all state parks.

Refreshments such as cookies and hot chocolate will be served.

Jackson-Washington State Forest

Jackson-Washington State Forest, 1278 E. State Road 250, Brownstown, will conduct a hike starting at noon along …….


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