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Hoosiers can mark new year with First Day Hike on Jan. 1

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Indiana residents are invited to usher in the new year with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana's state parks and reservoirs.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2013 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

According to America's State Parks, more than 500 First Day Hikes will be held in all 50 states in 2013. First Day Hikes originated more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass.

DNR's Division of State Parks & Reservoirs is hosting 20 First Day Hikes throughout the state. Those in the area include:

-- Lieber SRA (Cagles Mill Lake): Meet at 9 a.m. at the Hilltop Shelter for an hour-long walk.

-- McCormick's Creek SP: Hikers should bring their digital cameras and meet at 2 p.m. at the Canyon Inn for a photo safari in the canyon. Refreshments will be provided afterward.

-- Turkey Run SP: Meet at 10:30 p.m. at the nature center for a two-hour, moderate hike to look for bald eagles and other winter wonders. Hot chocolate and snacks will be provided at the Narrows Covered Bridge.

-- Fort Harrison SP: Meet at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Lake parking lot for an easy stroll around the lake. Dogs on leash are invited. The park will provide treats for hikers and dogs, and offer information on the new dog park under development.



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