First Day Hikes kick off on New Year’s Day

First Day Hikes will be a self-guided activity to kick off the New Year and the 100th anniversary of Nebraska state parks.
First Day Hikes

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska’s annual First Day Hikes are a chance to explore trails, watch wildlife, snap photos and create a lifetime of memories. This year, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is encouraging families to take self-guided hikes between January 1st and 3rd at a Nebraska state park, state historical park, or state recreation area.

“It’s the perfect time to kick off the new year by spending time with friends and family, all while exploring the outdoors,” Reservation Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Margot Desrocher said.

In the past, parks would offer tours with hot chocolate and much more. However, this year’s First Day Hikes have been adjusted due to the current public health situation. Select parks are planning on giving the event their own unique spin, including a treasure hunt, selfie station and more on popular trails.

“Last year, I went on a hike with my family and it was fun to get up early, get outside and enjoy the winter weather,” Desrocher said.

If you are in Lincoln and are interested in nearby self-guided hikes, Desrocher recommends Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park and the Schramm Education Center.

First Day Hikes will be a self-guided activity to kick off the New Year and the 100th anniversary of Nebraska state parks.

If you plan on participating, you are encouraged to tag @NEGameandParks in their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts by using the hashtag #NEParks100 for a chance to be featured on the agency’s social streams.

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