Hike South Dakota State Parks
In honor of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, South Dakota state parks will be sponsoring free, guided hikes in South Dakota state parks on New Year’s Day.
With the purpose of offering individuals and families the chance to begin the New Year by rejuvenating and enjoying nature at a state park close to home, the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes is part of a national effort to get people outside and into State Parks.
State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer says
Starting off the new year with a hike in one of our beautiful state parks is a great way to cure cabin fever and burn off extra holiday calories.
The First Day Hikes initiative started more than 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachussets, simply to promote healthier living and all that State Parks can offer.
New Year’s Day hikes in South Dakota will be offered at the following State Parks:
- Riddle Hike, Newton Hills State Park near Canton, sunrise to sunset, info: 605-987-2263
- Creekside Stroll, Custer State Park, 10 a.m. MST, info: 605-255-4515
- Winter Wonderland Nature Hike, Good Earth State Park near Harrisburg, 11 a.m. CST, info: 605-987-2263
- First Day Snowshoe Hike, George S. Mickelson Trail, 1 p.m. MST, pre-registration required, info/register: 605-584-3896
- First Day Snowshoe Hike, Lake Herman State Park near Madison, 1 and 3 p.m. CST, info: 605-256-5003
- First Day Hike, Adams Homestead Nature Area near North Sioux City, 2 p.m. CST, info: 605-232-0873
- First Day Hike, Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce, 2 p.m. CST, info: 605-627-5441
- First Day Hike, Lake Thompson Recreation Area near Lake Preston, 2 p.m. CST, info: 605-847-4893
- Winter Hike Along Splitrock Creek, Palisades State Park near Garretson, 3 p.m. CST, info: 605-594-3824
Make plans now to enjoy your New Year’s Day outside, enjoying what South Dakota’s State Parks have to offer.