Kick off 2014 with a hike

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Staff | December 24, 2013

MADISON – Nine Wisconsin state parks—including the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit in Eagle—will hold First Day Hikes on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The event in Eagle starts at 11 a.m.

Participants can enjoy treks on foot or on snowshoe through diverse natural areas, led by park rangers and volunteers. Events may include additional activities such as a campfire, cross-county ski opportunity, hot beverages, crafts, and storytelling. Check out the event listing for details about what activities will take place at each property.

America's State Parks and American Hiking Society are teaming up with state park programs across the country to promote First Day Hikes as a healthy and memorable way to start the New Year.

Details on the individual events are available by searching the DNR website for "Get Outdoors," and looking at the First Day Hikes listing on the Wisconsin State Park System events calendar.

2013 was the second year Wisconsin participated in First Day Hikes and more than 165 participants hiked a total of 396 miles, despite temperatures in the single digits throughout much of the state. For 2014, more State Park properties are hosting First Day events, which will include a twilight hike at Devil's Lake and a talk about the history of snowshoeing before the hike at High Cliff, says Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.

For winter hiking tips, visit the American Hiking Society's website at

All participants are encouraged to log their First Day Hike adventures on social media with the hash tag "#firstdayhikes."

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