Warm up to new year with a ‘First Day Hike’ at Whitewater State Park


Minnesota state parks and trails are hosting nine First Day Hikes on January 1 including Whitewater State Park from 1 to 2 p.m..

The hikes are part a nationwide effort to get as many kids and adults as possible out hiking on the first day of the new year. The effort includes more than 400 guided hikes in all 50 states.

“Walking is a great way to warm up to winter,” said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “If you can’t attend one of our guided hikes, round up your friends and family for your own First Day Hike. Start 2017 with a commitment to yourself; you’ll burn calories, reduce stress and have fun.”

The hike is free, but a vehicle permit ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) is required to enter Minnesota state parks.

Participants should dress for the weather and meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center. They may also want to bring a water bottle, a snack, binoculars and/or a camera.

If there is sufficient snow, snowshoeing will be an option at the First Day Hike. Snowshoes are available in child and adult sizes.

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/firstdayhike.html) or contact the DNR information center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 888-646-6367 (new longer hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday).


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